by Max Brantley
"By caving to the demands of abortion extremists who seek to normalize the ending of an innocent human life in the womb regardless of the dangers, the Supreme Court has left almost no room for common sense and simple decency in our nation's approach to abortion. I deeply believe that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and that it should be-and will be-overturned someday. But before that time, we all should have been able to agree that duly elected representatives of the people can pass laws to protect women from unsafe abortion providers. That's now impossible after this decision, and it will be to the detriment of the well-being of women across the nation."This is a lie, no more or less, that is being propagated by anti-abortion forces. As Ginsburg wrote, safety is not the issue here. If it was, Cotton and Co. would be passing dozens of laws to provide notice, lectures, diagnostic testing, cooperating physicians, emergency room level equipment and other restrictions for dozens of more dangerous medical procedures. They aren't. They want to deny women autonomy over their wombs. Simple as that.
“Arkansas, like Texas, has a profound interest in protecting the health of all women, but today’s unfortunate ruling puts that at risk,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Court has issued a decision that makes it even more challenging for a State to provide common sense health and safety regulations for abortion procedures. I will continue to analyze this opinion and evaluate what it means for Arkansas’s case at the Eighth Circuit.”Other congressmen, including Bruce Westerman and Sen. John Boozman, joined in regurgitating the Republican talk machine crafted line that this was about women's health. I refer them to Justice Ginsburg, too.
Jennifer Dalven, director of the Reproductive Freedom Project at the American Civil Liberties Union had this response:
"Today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the Constitution protects not just the theoretical right to abortion, but the right of a woman to actually get one without unwarranted interference from politicians. The decision should send a loud signal to politicians that they can no longer hide behind sham rationales to shut down clinics and prevent a woman who has decided to end a pregnancy from getting the care she needs."
“This decision sets a national precedent and its effects are likely to be felt around the country.”
“Today we celebrate, tomorrow we roll up our sleeves,” said ACLU of Arkansas executive director Rita Sklar. “We must all tell Arkansas lawmakers that, in today’s ruling, the Court recognized these abortion restrictions for what they are: sham laws that do nothing to protect a woman’s health but do prevent her from getting the care she needs. The sham stops today. It’s time for Arkansas legislators to stand up for women and families and repeal laws designed to block access to abortion care and to move forward with policies that support women and families. As for our case pending in the 8 th circuit challenging a law that requires admitting privileges for doctors, we believe that, in light of this decision, the court is more likely to find the law unconstitutional.”
Challenges to admitting privileges requirements similar to the Texas law are currently pending in federal courts in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.