In a stunning 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court not only struck down Texas’ abortion laws against abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, they made any similar laws being considered in other legislatures across the bible-belt, illegal.
Justice Steven Breyer wrote the majority opinion with Justice Kennedy joining the liberal wing of the court to form a majority. Citing the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision which explicitly prohibited measures such that Texas passed.
The Casey decision said states may not place undue burdens on the constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability. Undue burdens, it said, included “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”
Pro-fetus zealots in two dozen other states have similar restrictions in place, requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical centers and requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. Justice Breyer took special aim at these particular Republican shenanigans.
“We conclude,” Justice Breyer wrote, “that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.”
Republicans who have often claimed to be constitutional advocates sure do have a history of passing laws which violate it entirely. Republicans in Texas said the contested provisions were needed to “protect women’s health,” while abortion providers said they were expensive, unnecessary and intended to put many of them out of business, which they were.
This next election will certainly determine whether or not Republicans try to implement more abortion restriction but with up to 4 supreme court justices to nominate, having a liberal majority for the first time in 50 years might make the difference in stalling the religious zealots who think they are doing God’s work, which God is Satan.
Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Women’s Health said,
“After years of fighting heartless anti-choice politicians who would seemingly stop at nothing to put abortion out of reach, I want everybody to understand you don’t mess with Texas women. You don’t mess with Whole Woman’s Health. You don’t mess with this passionate heartfelt powerful movement of people committed to reproductive health rights and justice.”