In fact, according to the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), the law would inflict its greatest harm on the state’s Latinas and immigrant women, who already struggle to access the healthcare they need.

“While this threatens all Texas women, it’s particularly harmful for Latinas, who have been among the hardest hit by recent clinic closures throughout the state,” said NLIRH executive director Jessica González-Rojas on Thursday.

“Nearly 40 percent of Texas women are Latina, and Latinas are twice as likely to experience unintended pregnancies as non-Latina white women and more likely to be of reproductive age,” González-Rojas explained. “Latinas already face formidable barriers to healthcare, including: poverty, lack of transportation, linguistic and cultural barriers, and restrictions on health care for immigrant women. This means that Latinas are among the most likely to rely on the very clinics these laws were designed to shut down.”

Indeed, the coalition sees HB2 as part of a concerted nationwide effort to crack down on access to abortion and other women’s healthcare services.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these restrictions have nothing to do with protecting women and everything to do with closing down clinics and pushing abortion care out of reach,” said Miller.

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“When politicians force clinics to close, they exponentially multiply the number of devastating albeit unnecessary hurdles that Texas women must overcome when seeking reproductive health services,” she continued. “Our ability to get safe medical care should not depend on whether we have the resources necessary to navigate a horrific and complex obstacle course dreamt up by anti-choice lawmakers. This is the real world and these laws have real implications on real women’s lives.”

According to CRR, the Court is likely to decide whether it will hear the case sometime before the end of 2015.

Reuters notes that “If the Supreme Court hears the appeal, it would be one of the most anticipated cases of the court’s next term, which starts in October. The nine justices are likely to decide by the end of the year whether to hear the case, meaning oral arguments could come in early 2016 with a ruling by the end of June.”

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