We still sometimes get good news from our court system and yesterday was one of those times.
A federal appeals court’s decision Thursday upholding tough new abortion restrictions in Texas that a lower court had struck down increases the chance that the issue is headed to the Supreme Court.
A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state did not violate the Constitution by requiring that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and restricting the availability of abortion-inducing drugs.
That law had been struck down by a federal district court, but the appeals court blocked its effect, and the Supreme Court refused to step in. As a result, the law has remained in effect, and it has resulted in at least a dozen of the state’s abortion clinics shutting down.
It is pretty amazing that requiring hospital admitting privileges can be interpreted as an anti-abortion move. Yes, I realize that this law has resulted in closing down the more dangerous abortuaries, and I am happy that happened. To that extent I favor the law. On the other hand, what Texas is doing is effectively making abortions safer and protecting the mothers. The irony here is that Liberals want abortions to be more dangerous for women. It is an all too common characteristic of abortion advocates.
Reagan-appointed Judge Edith Jones wrote the opinion of the court, saying that the law “on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman.” No kidding! Requiring hospital privileges protects the life and health of a woman (though not the daughter, sadly).
Unhappily, this small bit of progress in Texas is probably an all too temporary victory for the pro-life cause. USAToday reports that the Supreme Court has already indicated that they want to review the case, so Planned Parenthood is likely to appeal. I hope I’m wrong and will pray accordingly, but I’m pretty cynical about the Supreme Court’s role in this battle.