March 31, 2014
THE CULTURE WARS WERE A ROUT:
Federal Court Upholds Texas's War On Roe v. Wade (SCOTT LEMIEUX, MARCH 31, 2014, American Prospect)
Last year, as much of the nation is aware thanks to Wendy Davis, Texas passed a particularly draconian abortion law. Predictably, the law has already caused abortion clinics to close, and by the end of the year there are expected to be only 6 clinics remaining to serve the nation's second-largest state. Despite the huge burdens that the statute will undeniably place on the women of Texas and despite the fact that the laws aren't designed to accomplish anything but to make abortion less accessible, a 3-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the law. And, depressingly, the court's decision could well survive review by a Supreme Court that is almost as hostile to the reproductive rights of women.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2014 3:33 PM