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Supreme Court backs trans restroom access, rules on abortion
2019-05-28

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On May 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on cases related to transgender restroom access and abortion.

The court declined to hear the Pennsylvania case Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, allowing school districts to continue to support transgender students by allowing them to use restrooms that match their gender.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected the idea that transgender students are a threat to other students and ruled in favor of the school district. In so, it turned back the argument from a group of non-transgender students that the Constitution requires boys and girls who are transgender to be excluded from the facilities that cisgender boys and girls use.

Ria Tabacco Mar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, said in a statement, in part, "Thankfully, today's announcement allows schools to move forward with policies that support transgender students. But our work is far from over. We will continue to defend the transgender community from attacks in the courts, the legislatures and the White House."

Also, the Supreme Court ruled that a provision of an Indiana law that said the state may prohibit abortions motivated solely by race, sex or disability should remain blocked, CNN.com reported. However, the court added it would allow part of the law that requires clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains to take effect.

Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the law in 2016. Last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked it from going into effect.

The CNN.com article is at www.cnn.com/2019/05/28/politics/supreme-court-abortion-indiana/index.html .


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