This is disheartening if expected:
A sharply divided Supreme Court decided Tuesday to allow Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state’s clinics to stop providing abortions.
The justices voted 5-4 to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
But a three-judge appellate panel moved quickly to overrule the judge. The appeals court said the law was in line with Supreme Court rulings that have allowed for abortion restrictions so long as they do not impose an ‘‘undue burden’’ on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. Writing for the appeals court, Judge Priscilla Owen noted that the Texas law would not end the procedure, only force women to drive a greater distance to obtain one.
What’s great about this if you want to outlaw all abortions is that it’s a stepping stone. If this is ok since it only makes you drive a bit more, then another law that shuts down more clinics will also be ok by the same logic–it will only be a few steps until there will be no real clinics in the state (after all it’s not that much further to drive to another state).