Sunday, November 15, 2015

Supreme Court to hear challeng to Texas abortion clinic laws

According to the NYT:

“The case concerns two parts of a state law that imposes strict requirements on abortion providers. It was passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature and signed into law in July 2013 by Rick Perry, the governor at the time.

One part of the law requires all clinics in the state to meet the standards for “ambulatory surgical centers,” including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. The other requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Officials in Texas said that the contested provisions were needed to protect women’s health. Abortion providers responded that the regulations were expensive, unnecessary and intended to put many of them out of business.”

The abortion providers are right.  The real purpose of the law is to put as many abortion clinics out of business as possible.  I predict the laws will be overturned.  It could be 5-4 with Kennedy the deciding vote (as usual), or even 6-3.

The measures were modest and sensible, Ken Paxton, Texas’ attorney general, said in a statement on Friday

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