Texas Can’t Get Rid Of All The Abortion Clinics Just Yet, Rules SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has just voted 5-4 to block the abortion restrictions in Texas that could lead to many of the state’s few remaining clinics to close down. Which, let’s just say it, is a relief.

Via SCOTUSblog:

One provision requires all doctors performing abortions in the state to have the right to send patients to a nearby hospital, while the other requires all abortion clinics in the state to have facilities equal to a surgical center. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld both provisions.

In a one-paragraph order, the Justices did not explain why they were postponing the law. If review of the law is denied later, the order will be lifted; if review is granted, it will stay in effect until a final ruling emerges. The actual petition for review has not yet been filed by the doctors and clinics involved.

The Justices in favor of delay were not named in the order, but it did take five votes to issue that postponement. That means it was supported by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony M. Kennedy, and Sonia Sotomayor.

The four Justices who noted that they would refuse any delay were Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.

Let’s just say it–it is absolutely absurd to pretend that these measures have even the slightest thing to do with “protecting women.” They have absolutely nothing to do with that. They have everything to do with limiting women’s access to abortion, and these asses are just looking to use whatever means they can to do that. Otherwise they’d be insisting that proctologists and plastic surgeons abide by these restrictions also.

[SCOTUSblog]