Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt was our winter 2016 SCOTUS in the Classroom case.
Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court.
Case Summary and Activities:
- To download the case summary, use the add to cart button above.
- Applying Precedents Activity
- Deliberation Materials
Do Texas's new abortion restrictions violate the Constitution?
- Brief of Petitioner: Whole Woman's Health
- Brief of Respondent: Texas
- Amicus Brief: United States
- Additional amici available on SCOTUSblog's case page
News Articles and Resources:
- SCOTUSblog: Justices Enter the Fray with grant in Texas abortion case
- New York Times: Supreme Court to Hear Texas Abortion Case
- Washington Post: Key Cases Facing the Supreme Court after Justice Scalia's Death
- SCOTUSblog: A view from the courtroom
- New York Times: Supreme Court Appears Sharply Divided as It Hears Texas Abortion Case
- Washington Post: Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion-clinics case
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