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SCOTUS on Abortion: Again States Must Bow to the Federal Overlords

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So, ‘protect a woman’s right’, but to hell with her actual health.
There is a long record on women/girls suffering from post-abort bleeding and infections, some resulting in death(s). Planned Parenthood/abortion clinics rarely, if ever, provide such post-op services (and make no mistake, abortion is a surgical procedure), which then results in these women having to travel to an actual hospital/clinic ER.

Clearly the motivation here is removing the possibility of saving the baby should it be ‘born alive’, or the mother changes her mind…

(FOX News) – The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, delivering a 5-3 decision that was the high court’s first major foray into the abortion issue in nine years.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion for the court, with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joining him. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

“We agree with the District Court that the surgical center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so,” Breyer wrote.

President Obama said in a statement that he was “pleased” with the outcome.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decried the decision in a statement Monday.

“The decision erodes States’ lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects more innocent life to being lost,” Abbott said. “Texas’ goal is to protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.”

Texas abortion clinics had challenged a 2013 state law and regulations that cut the number of abortion providers in half, to roughly 20. Fewer than 10 would have remained open if the law was allowed to take full effect. The Center for Reproductive Rights had sued Texas, on behalf of a coalition of abortion clinics.

The Texas law required all clinics performing abortions in the state to operate as certified “ambulatory surgical centers,” which would be regulated under the same standards as hospitals. Doctors who performed abortions were also required to first obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Proponents of the law argued it would improve patient care and safety, though abortion rights groups contended the law made it nearly impossible to operate a clinic in Texas.

“When we decide cases on particularly controversial issues, we should take special care to apply settled procedural rules in a neutral manner,” Alito wrote in his dissent. “The Court has not done that here.”

Alito also referenced the Kermit Gosnell case, in which an abortion doctor in Pennsylvania was convicted of the murder of three infants who were born alive and the death of a patient. Alito said the Texas law was designed to prevent similarly shoddy medical practices from remaining open.

Thomas quoted the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, in his dissent.

Thomas wrote that the decision “exemplifies the court’s troubling tendency `to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.”‘

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