consultants are sandburs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Minnesota women should be glad we do not have the legislative and executive branch ignorant interfering swaggering dictatorial primative duplicitous patriarchial majorities that Texas women have to fight in court. At least Texas has one good judge.

This Christian Science Monitor link:

Judge knocks down major parts of new Texas abortion law

A federal judge struck down two provisions of a controversial Texas abortion law on Friday, ruling that they created an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions in the state. By Warren Richey, Staff writer August 29, 2014

US District Judge Lee Yeakel issued the ruling after conducting a trial earlier this month.

At issue were two provisions of a Texas law that required abortion providers to maintain the same building requirements as an ambulatory surgical center.

The law, known as HB 2, also required that any abortion provider have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

[...] “The court concludes that the act’s ambulatory-surgical-center requirements, combined with the already in-effect admitting privileges requirement, creates a brutally effective system of abortion regulation that reduces access to abortion clinics thereby creating a statewide burden for substantial numbers of Texas women,” Judge Yeakel wrote in the 21-page decision.

The judge also concluded that state lawmakers enacted the ambulatory-surgical center requirement with the intention of forcing existing licensed abortion clinics in Texas to close.

The abortion law has forced half of the state’s 40 abortion clinics to close and the judge said that unless the measure was enjoined there would only be seven or eight clinics remaining in the entire state of Texas.

[...] “Even if the remaining clinics could meet the demand, the court concludes that the practical impact on Texas women due to the clinics’ closure statewide would operate for a significant number of women in Texas just as drastically as a complete ban on abortion,” the judge said.

Women’s rights groups hailed the decision.

“This trial and today’s decision have stripped away the pretexts of the politicians who passed this law and revealed their true intention to deny Texas women access to safe, legal abortion care,” Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a statement.

“The court has made clear that women’s well-being is not advanced by laws attacking access to essential health care, and that rights protected by the US Constitution may not be denied through laws that make them impossible to exercise,” she said.

In addition to his state-wide ruling, the judge also ruled that the law’s admitting privileges requirement was unconstitutional as applied to two clinics, one in the Rio Grande Valley and the other in El Paso.

[...] Attorneys for the state denied that women would be burdened by fewer abortion facilities, saying nearly 9 in 10 women in Texas would still live within 150 miles of a provider. Critics say that still leaves nearly a million Texas women embarking on drives longer than three hours to get an abortion.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, vowed to seek an immediate appeal to try to preserve the new clinic rules.

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[italics added] The rabid fundamentalist base and inner party politicians willing to throw them red meat and incite their fury hopefully will lead to a Republican party death spiral that a few sensible ones left might fight by driving the crazies out to pasture. Surely there are those who will disagree with that synopsis.

The term for those who disagree is "wrong."

Pulpit propaganda flying in the face of general good will and public common sense can only stay effective for a limited period of time before everyone, except for the zealots, tunes it out. It happened on voting rights restriction and on gay persecution, and will happen with the war on women's rights.

No matter how many Rupert Murdochs buy up media, no matter how many Michele Bachmanns clutter seats in Congress, good sense and decency will outlast them.

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