I’m very happy about the Supreme Court ruling throwing out the Texas law that had already closed half the abortion clinics in the state and would have closed half of the remaining clinics if it had fully gone into effect, leaving just ten clinics for the entire state.
What really pisses me off about the whole thing is that proponents of the law just keep claiming that it was only trying to protect the health of women. The law would have required clinics to have the same surgical facilities as full hospitals, even though they are only performing outpatient surgery. The other part of the law required that clinic doctors have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles, which ironically is difficult to get because doctors who perform abortions don’t send enough patients to hospitals.
Even after the ruling, which found that the claim to protect women’s health was merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain, the governor of Texas announced “The decision erodes states’ lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women” and that the goal of Texas is to ensure “the highest health and safety standards for women”.
Except that making it much harder for women to get an abortion means they will have to have a baby, something that is far more dangerous to the health of a woman than getting an abortion. Or I guess the woman could find someone to give her an illegal abortion, which is even more dangerous.
Besides, when did Republicans start putting even small amounts of health and safety above constitutionally-protected rights? Can you imagine the outcry over a law that closed three-quarters of the gun shops in Texas, and made private gun sales illegal? And that would do far more to protect health and safety.
I mean, why would Texas need more than ten gun shops?