The U.S. Supreme Court today
let stand lower court rulings that invalidated laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin that required abortion providers
to have doctors with hospital admitting privileges.
Arkansas has just such a law and it is under challenge in federal court.
I've asked Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
whether she will acknowledge the obvious and drop further challenges to the lawsuit over Arkansas's unconstitutional limitation on abortion or whether she intends to continue needlessly expending money and running up the bill on plaintiff attorney fees. (She's still studying, her spokesman says.)
The Arkansas law has been enjoined
in federal district court. Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions only by means of a pill regiment in the first weeks of pregnancy, employs licensed physicians but has been unable to add physicians with admitting privileges because they fear retribution from anti-abortion forces.