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Tomorrow Is a Very Big Day in the Fight for Abortion Rights

While today is Super Tuesday (when 11 states hold their presidential primaries) tomorrow is also a huge day in American politics. March 2nd is the day the Supreme Court will hear one of the most significant abortion rights cases in quite some time.

Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, which is being argued by Stephanie Toti, lead counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, takes aim at a 2013 Texas abortion law (H.B. 2) that would essentially force 34 of the state’s 40 clinics to close because they don’t meet certain criteria. Specifically, clinics in the state would need to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers (translation: non-hospital facilities where low-risk surgery can be performed), which means having full-on surgical set-ups and sterile surroundings where the procedures can take place. For most clinics, retrofitting their spaces in this way would be extremely expensive, if not impossible.

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Additionally, per H.B. 2, any doctor performing an abortion is required to maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of his or her clinic. Doesn’t sound that complicated, but it basically means that the docs need to be on staff at a local hospital—the catch being that a lot of hospitals prefer to stay out of the abortion debate and don’t grant these privileges to abortion-providing physicians. (It doesn’t mean that a woman who gets an abortion can’t be admitted to a hospital if she has complications. The docs there would just call the provider for a consult.)

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The combination of these mandates limits abortion availability to six clinics in the state's four major cities, putting access to abortion care out of reach for almost 1 million women. (As this ACLU video points out, it makes the experience of getting an abortion kind of like the most frustrating tech-support call ever.

We’re showing our support, along with millions of men and women across the country by rallying around Stephanie with the hashtag #StephanieHasAPosse. If you want to join in, share one of these tweets (or copy our senior editor, Caitlin Abber, and take a photo of yourself holding a sign).

@USSupremeCourt Millions of prochoice women standing behind Stephanie Toti today #StephanieHasAPosse @ReproRights @PPAct @NARAL @Art4Progress

@USSupremeCourt #StephanieHasAPosse I stand w/ Steph Toti as she protects women's right to choose @ReproRights @PPAct @NARAL @Art4Progress

@USSupremeCourt  TRAP Laws unconstitutional millions of us stand w/ Stephanie #StephanieHasAPosse @ReproRights @PPAct @NARAL @Art4Progress 

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