The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the new restrictions on abortions passed by the Texas legislature. This is at least a temporary victory for the pro-life segment of the state. There is no doubt that Texas would abolish abortions if it were politically possible, but with the prevailing attitude of "my body, my decision" that is held by many women in this country, no state in the union will be able to get a no-abortion bill passed.
This new law has already closed approximately 20 clinics and threatens to close even more. In this article by the Washington Post, Planned Parenthood called the decision "terrible" and said that safe access to legal abortion will become virtually impossible for thousands of Texas women. Their outcry is suspect when you consider one of the main points of the bill was that any doctor performing abortions in the state must have "admitting privileges" to a local hospital where the procedures are being performed or where abortion medications are being prescribed. One would think that access to a hospital would be a key ingredient in safely performing an operation as delicate as an abortion.
Another controversy is that three of the judges on the court who made the decision are women. While it may seem strange that 3 women united on 1 court to strike down a pro-choice court decision, some say that when you consider where these women hail from it makes it much easier to understand why they decided in the manner they did. They are conservative judges from Texas.
James Moore, the writer quoted in the above paragraph stated that there were 73,000 abortions in the state of Texas last year so it is safe to assume that there were many safe abortions performed without the added restrictions from the Texas legislature. Sad that Mr. Moore had no comment to make on the 73,000 dead babies.