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This will be short as I have the flu today, but Sarah Weddington had a tweet I followed a few mins ago to this:

For those who don't want to read, as we know, the Fifth Circuit Court upheld the laws in Texas restricting abortion access for women.

These restrictions, according to an Associated Press article, caused the closure of 20 clinics across the state of Texas, require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limit the prescription of pills that induce abortions.
Senator Wendy David, filibustered the original bill for 11 hours and when push came to shove, Gov. Perry decided to call another special session just to pass these arcane TRAP laws.

Could there be light at the end of the tunnel however? According to the article, at least on Supreme Court justice thinks so:

Stephen Breyer, a Supreme Court justice, said in a news release it is likely this case will end up before the Supreme Court and they will have the final ruling.

“It is a question, I believe,” he said, “that at least four members of this court will wish to consider irrespective of the Fifth Circuit’s ultimate decision.”

I'm hoping that our SCOTUS isn't so conservative at this point that it would totally overthrow Roe v. Wade, and if it upholds Roe v. Wade in a decision, that would set back the pro-birthers for a few more decades at least.

Originally posted to LeftieIndie on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    It is every person's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what they takes out of it. - Albert Einstein (edited for modern times to include everyone by me!)

    by LeftieIndie on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:39:45 AM PDT

  •  Isn't It Unusual for a NonScalaia Justice (5+ / 0-)

    to comment on a specific case they might be hearing?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:48:03 AM PDT

  •  Slight nit-pick on some otherwise good news (3+ / 0-)

    It's "pro-FORCED-birthers", not "pro-birthers". Remember, the Catholic Church opposes in-vitro fertilization. Everything, for the celibate males who run the show, has to be at the will of YHWH, not the humans involved, so infertile couples just have to suffer -- and turn to Holy Mother Church with their wallets open to feel better about it. Also, the Fundies tend to think of those who support a woman's right to make her own decisions about whether and/or when to reproduce as only supporting the decision to terminate a pregnancy. They don't understand that we support women, whatever the choice, and don't abandon them to go it alone once they decide.

    But, good. While we know how Scalia-Thomas-Alito-Roberts will go, Kenendy is still up in the air. This may be a bridge too far, even for him.


  •  Remeber that the Court is an institution (1+ / 0-)
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    It is going to want to uphold the principles and traditions of that institutions.  It is part of its nature.

    This means that even with a conservative majority it is unlikely to overturn previous court decisions without a compelling reason to do so.  That includes Roe v. Wade.  Instead, I would wager that they would find a way to issue a "narrow" ruling on a case that is inline with their views.  

    "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

    by blackhand on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 12:24:07 PM PDT

  •  Remember John Robert's confirmation hearings? (1+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC

    Anytime a Democrat brought up Roe v Wade he would just say "It's settled law." Didn't exactly say he wouldn't repeal it, just kept saying "It's settled law." We will see how settled it is, I guess.

    "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

    by Annie B on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 12:56:49 PM PDT

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