Last Friday, the Fifth Circuit of Appeals overturned District Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling that a portion of Texas’s abortion law was unconstitutional. The clause in contention required all abortion doctors to get admitting privileges to local hospitals.
Though Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott requested an immediate emergency ruling on October 29, the Fifth Circuit waited until Thursday to issue its ruling.
On Monday, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia denied Planned Parenthood’s emergency request to stay the appeals court’s ruling, asking the state to file a response by November 12.
The law has resulted in 13 clinic closures in Texas, a third of the total. The closings have prompted feminists and liberals to attack the decision as a broadside on women’s rights.
Jesse Wegman wrote on the “Taking Note” blog at the New York Times that the entire bill, which primarily bans abortion after 20 weeks, “is intended precisely to ‘strike at the right itself’ — only dishonest politicians pretend otherwise. Making it harder for women to get an abortion is not an ‘incidental effect’ of the law; it is its primary goal.”
Starting in the fall of 2014, all abortions will also have to be performed at certified surgical facilities.
I might sympathize with Ms. Wegman’s arguments more if all these laws hadn’t occurred after a certain monster by the name of Kermit Gosnell wreaked havoc with the lives of women and babies alike. In light of that tragedy, it’s easy to understand reasonable moves to limit abortion to certified doctors and facilities.
No right is absolute, which liberals know especially well, with their calls for the regulation of firearms and money in political speech. However, when it comes to so-called “reproductive rights,” suddenly the state is an evil, invasive patriarch which doesn’t truly understand the plight of the poor single mother.
Unrestricted abortion, somehow, will serve the welfare of women best.
Perhaps, just maybe, with the closure of these clinics, crisis pregnancy centers, along with other agencies or hospitals, will work to help these women without first resorting to the heinous act of abortion. As a volunteer at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, I know firsthand that there are great Christian organizations who truly want to help women, instead of simply terminating their children.