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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law




The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Texas law that required abortion facilities to adhere to hospital safety standards – and required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The court’s ruling in the case – Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt (.pdf) – reversed a previous fifth circuit court decision that upheld the state statute, signed into law in 2013 by former Texas governor Rick Perry.

Supporters of the regulations argued they were necessary to protect the safety of women receiving abortions.  Opponents of the regulations argued they were an attempt to limit access to abortion.

The court adopted the pro-choice position, concluding that the Texas law posed “a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions” and constituted “an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”

Three judges dissented.  Among them?  Clarence Thomas, who quoted the late justice Antonin Scalia in saying the case was yet another example of the federal government seeking “to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.”

This website has consistently opposed abortion – and supported efforts to limit it.

How come?

Freedoms must flow from something,” we wrote recently.  “There must be an underlying liberty upon which all the others hinge.  We believe life is this ‘underlying liberty.'”

Texas’ law was passed in the aftermath of the gruesome Kermit Gosnell scandal – which exposed not only the nightmarish lack of sanitation at some abortion clinics, but also some of the murderous acts committed therein.