The Supreme Court recently struck down a Texas abortion law intended to protect women’s health.
The liberal majority on the Court insisted, in the words of the Washington Post, that “Texas’s arguments that the restrictions were meant to protect women’s health were merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain.”
Conservative Justice Samuel Alito counters this in his important dissenting opinion when he points out, “The law was one of many enacted by states in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal in which a physician who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia was convicted for the first degree murder of three infants who were born alive and for the manslaughter of a patient.”
Justice Alito is absolutely right. It was in the wake of the tragedy of the Gosnell case that many states did rush to enact restrictions that would prevent similar atrocities from happening in their own states.
The Court struck down laws saying that they had nothing to do with women’s health, when there was a very clear case to be made that women’s health was exactly the issue, if not the only issue.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/271420793″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]