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BREAKING: Supreme Court refuses to block Texas pro-life law by 5-4 decision

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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Updated at 7:44 p.m. Eastern time to include quotations from Dr. Charmaine Yoest and Elizabeth Graham.

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court has voted by a 5-4 majority to allow a key provision of a Texas pro-life law to take effect.

The majority ruled that a coalition of abortion providers had failed to prove that a Texas law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their office places an "undue burden" on women seeking an abortion.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a separate opinion, joined by Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas. Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy supported the majority decision.

"There is no doubt that the applicants have not carried their heavy burden of showing that" allowing the law to take effect "was a clear violation of accepted legal standards — which do not include a special 'status quo' standard for laws affecting abortion," Scalia wrote.

The High Court's liberal bloc ruled in a dissent that the law "seriously disrupts" women's ability to get an abortion, the SCOTUS blog reports. Justice Stephen Breyer was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.

"This ruling by Justice Scalia signals that Texas is on the verge of a decisive legal pro-life victory," said Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life. "We celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of the law staying in effect until this absurd legal battle is over.”

Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and a coalition of Texas abortionists sued over two of the law's key provisions, requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and to follow FDA guidelines in administering RU-486.

In late October, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003, struck down the law's regulations on admitting privileges, as well as the administering of abortion-inducing drugs. Judge Yeakel wrote in a 26-page opinion that forcing abortionists to have admitting privileges would do nothing to reduce patient abandonment, such as Planned Parenthood was accused of in the case of Tonya Reaves, a young woman who died after an abortion in July 2012. 

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned Yeakel's decision on the matter of admitting privileges just three days later. The abortion providers then appealed to the Supreme Court.

“The Fifth Circuit saw through Planned Parenthood’s shallow arguments, choosing to act in the best interest of Texas women by regulating the abortion industry,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life on Tuesday. "Women have died when emergency care following an abortion was not quickly provided. Protecting women’s lives and health – inside or outside of an abortion clinic – should be an area of bi-partisan agreement.”

Since the appeals ruling, the state of Texas has gained key allies. Last Tuesday, the American Association of Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) filed a motion to support the Texas law

The raucous debate over the bill, H.B. 2, propelled state Senator Wendy Davis to national fame after her 12-hour filibuster momentarily delayed its passage. Governor Rick Perry called a special session of the legislature to pass the bill, making Austin a showdown between pro-life and pro-abortion activists nationwide. 

The bill's key provision, barring abortions in the state after 20 weeks, has not been challenged.

Abortion advocates have claimed that the new law could shut down dozens of abortion clinics in the state. Graham said that in itself proves the need for higher safety standards.

"The recent closures of abortion clinics, even if temporary, prove that H.B. 2 does have a major impact in protecting women and their unborn children from substandard care at abortion clinics," she said.

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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Nov. 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

All I can do is shake my head. Texas is going to be pushed to its limits to prove its pro-life stance pretty soon. All of the additional babies compounded with being forced to pay for and support the border jumper's babies is soon going to be creating a financial hardship for them when it comes to having to support all those extra mouths to feed, shelter and educate. 

Koltie6
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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We in Texas are not worried about feeding more mouths. We take care of our own. We would rather feed them than kill them. It is a no brainer. Texas Forever.
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

What this means is that the justices didn't feel the heavy proof was provided to convince them to block the law while it considers the appeal.

One of two things will happen:  the law will be tossed out, or it will not and eventually Texas will have even more poor, hungry children it cannot support.  If that's the case, will be interesting to see what TX looks like 20 years from now.

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Actually, you don't.  You have one of the highest per-household poverty rates in the country, and it's rising.  1 in 4 children in Texas lives in poverty.  And you've got a huge percentage of homeless children.

Why aren't y'all more worried about born children?

Quoting Koltie6:

We in Texas are not worried about feeding more mouths. We take care of our own. We would rather feed them than kill them. It is a no brainer. Texas Forever.



Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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Cuz they aren't worth anything until.. military age.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Actually, you don't.  You have one of the highest per-household poverty rates in the country, and it's rising.  1 in 4 children in Texas lives in poverty.  And you've got a huge percentage of homeless children.

Why aren't y'all more worried about born children?

Quoting Koltie6:

We in Texas are not worried about feeding more mouths. We take care of our own. We would rather feed them than kill them. It is a no brainer. Texas Forever.




D-Town
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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At least until the get put in jail. Then texans would rather kill them than feed them.

Quoting Koltie6:

We in Texas are not worried about feeding more mouths. We take care of our own. We would rather feed them than kill them. It is a no brainer. Texas Forever.
sweetaspie630
by on Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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So Texas really doesn't like murdering babies and everyone is MAD about that?


lga1965
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM
I hate when wingnuts say "abortionists" and "pro abortion".
It IS pro Choice for goodness sake.
SMH.
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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Texas claims it loves life.
Giggle
That's why they kill more people by the state than all of the other states put together. If that isn't a culture that worships life, nothing is.
jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Texas also has a very high rate of teen pregnancy.

And they are NUMBER ONE in terms of repeat teen pregnancies.

GO TEXAS!

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