Hillary Clinton Tweet About Texas and Abortion Resurfaces As New Ban Takes Effect

A tweet from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is gaining renewed attention after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow a restrictive new Texas abortion law to go ahead.

In a series of tweets on February 16, 2016, Clinton discussed the importance of filling a Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia three days earlier.

Clinton, who was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, warned at the time that a pending case from Texas could be decisive on the matter of women's access to abortion.

Some Twitter users shared the tweet and many posted new reactions to it on Wednesday.

Clinton tweeted: "And right now, a case from Texas could determine whether the right to abortion will be a reality for all or some."

She was apparently referring to Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case on March 2, 2016 and issued a decision on June 27, 2016.

The court ruled in a 5-3 decision to strike down a Texas law that imposed strict regulations on doctors and facilities providing abortions.

The majority found that the 2013 law placed an undue burden on women accessing their right to an abortion. That right was enshrined in law by the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

5 And right now, a case from Texas could determine whether the right to abortion will be a reality for all or some. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 16, 2016

Scalia, the most prominent conservative on the court at the time, passed away on February 13, 2016, and then President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to succeed him. However, the Republican Senate majority refused to hold hearings on Garland's nomination and blocked his appointment to the court.

The open seat was later filled by President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch, who voted with the majority on Wednesday in refusing an emergency stay of the Texas law.

Some social media users suggested Clinton's 2016 tweets were prophetic, though she was referring to a different Texas abortion which had a different outcome once it came to the court.

The Supreme Court failed to respond to the request for an emergency stay of the law on Tuesday, allowing it to take effect at midnight on Wednesday. Clinton responded to the court's inaction on Twitter.

"Under the cover of darkness, by choosing to do nothing, the Supreme Court allowed an unconstitutional abortion ban in Texas to go into effect last night. Their decision doesn't change the fact that reproductive rights are human rights. We'll fight for them," she wrote.

A legal challenge to the Texas abortion ban is ongoing and no court has yet ruled on the law's constitutionality, as the majority pointed out in an unsigned order issued just before midnight on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton Attends a Press Conference
Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on stage for the "Hillary" press conference during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 25, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. A tweet Clinton sent about Texas and abortion rights in 2016 is gaining new attention. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images