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And State Abortion Restrictions Start Falling Like Dominoes

Yesterday's ruling against Texas will affect ten or more states.

And down they go. The Milwaukee Sentinel reports:

Handing down its second major abortion action in as many days, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to rescue a Wisconsin law restricting abortion clinics and doctors in the state, leaving in place lower court rulings that had struck it down.

The unsigned order ends a three-year legal fight and was accompanied Tuesday by another rejection of an appeal by Mississippi that sought to reinstate a similar law requiring abortion doctors to be able to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The decision also follows a lengthy ruling Monday striking down similar restrictions on abortion providers in Texas — a decision considered the high court's most significant ruling on the procedure in a generation.

"Today's decision should send a loud signal to anti-abortion 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," said Larry Dupuis, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which represented an abortion clinic in the Wisconsin case.

The decisions this week, Tobias said, will likely lead to more challenges against the scores of abortion restrictions that have been passed by state legislatures like Wisconsin's since 2011.

The victory over Wisconsin "Right To Life" is particularly satisfying, as they are the group that sought, in 2011, to stop medical schools from teaching certain surgical procedures to prospective gynecologists because to do that might give a medical student knowledge of abortion procedures, too. No, really.

The sooner these forced-birth groups get knocked down the better.


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