The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a major abortion case on Wednesday focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy . . .
The court potentially could split 4-4, with its four liberal justices opposing the abortion restrictions and its four conservatives backing the regulations, an action that would let stand a lower-court ruling that affirmed the Texas law but would not set a nationwide legal precedent . . .
At issue in Wednesday’s case is whether the Texas requirements violate that principle (i.e., “undue burden”) by putting a “substantial obstacle” in the path of a woman before a fetus becomes viable.
This case illustrates how important the upcoming Presidential Election will be because some of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices are quite elderly and will most likely retire and whichever political party takes the White House in 2016 will nominate possibly several new U.S. Supreme Court Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.