US District Judge Myron Thompson ruled yesterday that a 2013 Alabama state abortion clinic law is unconstitutional. Thompson ruled that the law’s requirement that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals in the same metropolitan area where they do abortions is an undue burden on womens’ right to abortions, because it would force the closing of three of the five clinics in the state, leaving only the clinics in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.
But the best part is that the judge’s opinion made a brilliant analogy that is sure to piss off conservatives: Suppose the state or federal government passed a new restriction on who could sell firearms, and it resulted in only two vendors being able to stay in business, one in Huntsville and one in Tuscaloosa. “The defenders of this law would be called upon to do a heck of a lot of explaining – and rightly so in the face of an effect so severe. Similarly, in this case, so long as the Supreme Court continues to recognize a constitutional right to choose to terminate a pregnancy, any regulation that would, in effect, restrict the exercise of that right to only Huntsville and Tuscaloosa should be subject to the same skepticism.”
If you want to see how much this pisses off conservatives, read the comments on the article linked at the top of this post.