The final pre-Supreme Court skirmish over Texas' restrictive abortion legislation known as HB2 kicked off today in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state, as it has throughout the fight over the law, stuck to the same bullshit.
|Hey, Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell, surely you remember ... Wendy Davis ... filibuster ... angry women ... all that stuff? No? Maybe you should see a doctor.|
"Texas adopted HB2 for the purpose of raising the standard of care for abortion patients," Jonathan Mitchell, Texas' solicitor general said.
No. That wasn't the reason Texas' conservative, anti-abortion legislators passed HB2. Whether one loves or hates HB2, this is a simple fact obvious to everyone in Texas at least as smart as a salamander -- or more honest than Texas' solicitor general.
Dr. Daniel Grossman, who authored a study of the initial effects of HB2, told Unfair Park in July that the law does nothing to make women safer. Dr. Hal Lawrence, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said that the law is dangerous for women. The ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks does not make women safer. Nor does the requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The requirement that any clinic performing abortions be certified as an ambulatory surgical center -- which faces the stiffest challenge in the current legal fight -- does nothing but increase travel times and impose unnecessary costs.More »