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SCOTUS ruling on Texas abortion laws

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    The Supreme Court's 5-3 decision overturning Texas abortion laws will have far reaching effects beyond just Texas.

    MSN News/New York Times: Abortion Ruling Could Create Waves of Legal Challenges

    "It will certainly prevent the threatened shutdown of clinics in some states, especially in the Deep South, that have been operating in a legal limbo, with Texas-style laws on temporary hold. But legal experts said the effect over time is likely to be wider, potentially giving momentum to dozens of legal challenges, including to laws that restrict abortions with medication or ban certain surgical methods.

    “The ruling deals a crushing blow to this most recent wave of state efforts to shut off access to abortion through hyper-regulation,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, the director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School."

    The ruling does have major significance, almost as much as the original Roe vs Wade decision of 1973. It will be interesting to see how this evolves, particularly in the current political discourse. Republicans no doubt will use it to emphasize the importance of getting an anti-abortionist on the Supreme Court. Democrats will do the opposite.

    No matter, Justice Kennedy was the swing vote. Even if Justice Scalia was still alive, the vote would have still gone against Texas.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    It shows that religion is the curse of humanity; especially in the South; even the Pope has become "milder" related to "gay's" etc. However the "evil-gelicals" never read their "bibles", because it says nowhere that you can't do birth control or have an abortion. By the way Jesus was "gay" (running around with an bunch of "guys") so he did not even know where "kids" came from. Neither did I ever read/heard that the "apostels" had any kids, thus "gay"?; otherwise the "churches" would have elevated those kids to something holy. Not that "gay" is bad; but the churches think so and want all these nutty laws, like "toilets, abortion, birth control etc.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    It's hard to overstate how huuuuuuge (in The Donald's words) of a deal this is.

    This ruling not only means the Texas law is unconstitutional, but all the laws passed in Republican states that restrict access to abortion are unconstitutional.

    I love how Justice Breyer spent paragraph upon paragraph talking about the various medical procedures in Texas that don't require the onerous upgrades to facilities and admitting privileges at nearby hospitals but have a far higher mortality rate than abortion does. My favorite was how he pointed out that there is a far higher mortality rate for babies born by a midwife at home, but yet Texas law doesn't require midwifes to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

    The only sad thing is that the anti-choice crowd will soon find another weapon of choice in an attempt to pick away at a woman's constitutional right to choose what to do with her own body. That's why this election is massively important. If Hillary wins then we will have a liberal majority on the Supreme Court for a generation to come; if Trump wins then we will continue having a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for a generation to come.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Tucson, AZ
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    Hillary's latest book had a long paragraph about this topic on page 131;

    "There's overwhelming evidence about what happens when these rights are denied. Texas has defunded Planned Parenthood and refused to expand Medicaid, and maternal mortality doubled between 2010 and 2014. That's the worst in the nation, and it's higher than the rate in many developing countries. Six hundred women have died in Texas - not from abortions, but from trying to give birth. The number of Texas teenagers having abortions actually increased when support for family planning was cut. in one country, Gregg, it went up 191 percent between 2012 and 2014."