This morning, the Supreme Court gutted a law that protected women and children in Texas.
The commonsense legislation required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of an emergency, while also requiring that certain basic medical standards be met — including sanitary conditions for women patients.
The Court declared the Texas law unconstitutional in a 5-3 ruling. Had Justice Scalia been present for this case, his vote would not have swung the decision. Justice Kennedy infamously joined the four liberal justices declaring the law “an undue burden” on women seeking abortion.
One commentator summed it up well: “Planned Parenthood claims it can’t afford to upgrade facilities, but they spent $11 million on elections in 2012 and $6.6 million in 2014.”
There is no sugarcoating this. We lost a big case. Of course the ‘right’ to abortion was not going to be disputed in this case. But it represented a bold and unique effort on the part of Texas to protect women from the grisly, profit-seeking, anti-women abortion industry.
What now? We must dig in, and work to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. Further, Justice Ginsburg is 83 and has multiple health issues. It’s very likely that at least two seats will be filled by the next President. And possibly more…
Imagine a future Supreme Court majority where decisions like today are already known in advance because of the judicial makeup of the justices. A court dominated by Hillary-appointed judges will not only restart partial-birth abortions, but they’ll invent a constitutional ‘right’ to taxpayer-funded abortions — and much worse.
The decision this morning represents a setback. But make no mistake, the pro-life movement will never rest. No defeat will slow us down. More laws to protect women and children are coming. We are already funding more court cases in the pipeline.
The truth is the Supreme Court is changing our country and our culture right in front of us, perhaps forever.
Unless we stop them.
We need a new Supreme Court. Whoever wins the White House and the Senate this November matters.
Elections have consequences.