A victory for life, and for the Constitution:
Texas won reinstatement of strict abortion limitations that may close all but a handful of clinics in the second-largest U.S. state. A federal appeals court agreed Tuesday that the state’s interest in safeguarding patient safety outweighs the inconvenience to women who must travel long distances to gain access to the procedure.
Women’s rights advocates vowed to seek an emergency order from the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the clinics open if they can’t persuade the New Orleans-based appeals court....
The Fifth Circuit, with its 16-8 Republican-appointed majority, recall. Will the Supremes accept their certiorari writ? Who knows? Though, knowing the Roberts court as we do, if I were the baby-killers, I wouldn't be holding my breath.
....to postpone enforcement of the restrictions while the legal fight continues. The clinics may be forced to close within a month if the Texas law is allowed to take effect.
The law closes abortion clinics that can’t meet the state’s strict building code for outpatient surgical centers. The law also requires doctors to have local hospital-admitting privileges, which the state said was put in place to raise “the standard of care for abortion patients,” the state’s solicitor general told the appeals court in January.
You know, to make abortion "safe".
Together, the two provisions will shutter all but eight abortion clinics, most of which are clustered in the central and eastern parts of the state.
Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, more or less.
And Austin, of course.
Of course, the federal court should never have heard a single abortion case - ever - because the Constitution doesn't enumerate the federal government the authority to oversee that issue, so it is a State matter by definition, in the originalist, "unpenumbraed" version. But as we didn't start this extralegal war, far be it from us not to force the anti-lifers to die by the same sword that has won them so many ill-gotten victories, and the expense of over sixty million slaughtered children.
"Don't mess with Texas," indeed.