In a dramatic Monday ruling, by a 5-3 margin, the United States Supreme Court threw out the Texas abortion access law HB2, which instituted strict restrictions upon abortion providers in the state. The Republican-dominated legislature, long outspoken foes of crippling regulations, voted to apply crippling regulations to one specific practice that they don’t like, under a pretense of women’s safety, while ignoring other procedures that they don’t care about which are infinitely more dangerous. The “women’s safety” claim was heavily disputed by every actual medical body, women themselves, and generally anyone who isn’t a Goddamn idiot.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, and stated that despite arguments that the restrictions were designed to protect women’s health, the reality is that they were instead a roadblock themselves to receiving healthcare.
“There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure. We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an “undue burden” on their constitutional right to do so. Assholes.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Breyer’s opinion and wrote a brief concurring opinion, inserting that “when a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety.” She went on to add, “It is beyond rational belief that HB2 could genuinely protect the health of women. Rational being the key word here. Texas, just what the fuck is wrong with you? No one actually believes you are concerned about women’s safety…not even you. Your bullshit abortion laws, your dismantling of the Voting Rights Act… That’s it, from now on, you can’t make any more laws. You’re done.”
Legal scholars are scrambling to determine if the Supreme Court can indeed simply prevent an entire state from passing laws. As the legal world waits to determine its Constitutionality, most agree that it at least sounds like a great idea.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a bitter dissent, but who really cares what’s in it, because fuck that guy.
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