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SCOTUS Abortion Clinic Ruling: Speaker Howell, Ken Cuccinelli, etc. Having a Sad?


Great news from the Supreme Court a few minutes ago. See Josh Israel’s tweet below, and also Progress Virginia’s statement. Meanwhile, poor Bill Howell, Ken Cuccinelli and all the anti-choice extremists in Virginia must be having a serious “sad” right now. According to SCOTUSblog, “Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.” Which, of course, is what many of us have been saying all along!


Decisive Victory for Women at SCOTUS
Supreme Court Strikes Down Sham Restrictions

Women across the country won a decisive victory at the United States Supreme Court this morning as justices struck down sham restrictions on women’s health care and abortion access. The 5-3 decision found Texas’s politically motivated restrictions on abortion providers unconstitutional, putting an undue burden on women’s constitutional right to and ability—no matter where she lives—to make her own decisions about her family, her health, and her future.

“This morning the Supreme Court affirmed that every woman deserves compassion and sham restrictions designed to end access to abortion undermine women’s dignity and constitutional rights,” said Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl. “This landmark decision is powerful momentum for our movement to ensure that every woman has access to the care she needs, when she needs it. Like Texas, Virginia politicians have advanced outrageous restrictions on health care access, which are designed to shut down providers. In fact, since 2010, the General Assembly has considered over 75 restrictions on women’s health. Our fight continues to end these sham restrictions in the commonwealth and get politicians out of the doctor’s office.”

Additional analysis will be forthcoming on the impact of the decision on Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly passed Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) in 2011. The Board of Health implemented restrictions in 2012, which were then the strictest in the country. Since TRAP passed in 2011, Virginia has lost one third of its first trimester abortion providers. Like the Texas restrictions challenged in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt, Virginia’s sham restrictions include requirements for hospital admitting privileges and hospital-like building requirements. The Virginia Board of Health will vote on September 15th on proposed amendments to roll back some of these restrictions. A public comment period on the restrictions runs through July 1st. Members of the public can submit comment athttp://act.progressva.org/sign/scraptrap2016/?source=PVEFFW&t=2&akid=3818.1836.tHG5wo

  • Hillary Clinton Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

    Today, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down some of the country’s most restrictive anti-abortion measures, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

    “The Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a victory for women across America. By striking down politically motivated restrictions that made it nearly impossible for Texans to exercise their full reproductive rights, the Court upheld every woman’s right to safe, legal abortion, no matter where she lives.

    “I applaud everyone who flooded the Texas Capitol to speak out against these attacks on women’s health, the brave women and men across the country who shared their stories, and the health care providers who fought for their patients and refused to give up.

    “Our fight is far from over. In Texas and across the country, a woman’s constitutional right to make her own health decisions is under attack. In the first three months of 2016, states introduced more than 400 measures restricting access to abortion. We’ve seen a concerted, persistent attack on women’s health and rights at the federal level. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said women should be punished for having abortions. He also pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

    “Today’s decision is a reminder of how much is at stake in this election. We need a President who will defend women’s health and rights and appoint Supreme Court justices who recognize Roe v. Wade as settled law. We must continue to protect access to safe and legal abortion – not just on paper, but in reality.”

  • Anti-chioce extremist, theocrat EW Jackson finds SCOTUS decision on women’s health clinics “appalling” https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7129/27861855751_2986e24987_o.jpg

  • True Blue

    Only Thomas was blistering in his dissent; Roberts and Alito were tepid.

    I love having “the blues” today!


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:

    “I applaud the Supreme Court for seeing the Texas law for what it is – an attempt to effectively ban abortion and undermine a woman’s right to make her own health care choices. This ruling is a major win for women and families across the country, as well as the fight to expand reproductive freedom for all.

    “The Texas law is quite similar to arbitrary and unnecessary rules that were imposed on Virginia women after I left office as Governor. I’m proud that we were able to successfully fight off such ‘TRAP’ regulations during my time in state office. I have always believed these sort of rules are an unwarranted effort to deprive women of their constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy.”

    In January 2016, Kaine signed an amicus brief in the case, urging the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade and reject Texas’ effort to undermine a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care choices.

  • Planned Parenthood of Virginia:

    Statement from Cianti Stewart-Reid, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia:

    “This is a win for women. We are thrilled the Court recognized that these laws do not enhance patient safety — rather, they punish women by blocking access to safe abortion.

    However, it does not undo the past six years of damage and 316 abortion restrictions already written into law in the United States. This is a first step — the Supreme Court has made it clear that politicians cannot pass laws to block access to safe, legal abortion.

    We will not be punished, and we will not go back. It’s time to pass state laws to protect a woman’s constitutional right to abortion, and repeal ones that block it. No woman or doctor should be punished for receiving or providing essential medical care.”

  • From AG Mark Herring:

    “Today’s decision should help put a stop to the recent wave of state-level, medically unnecessary TRAP laws designed to scare, shame, or bar women from making their own healthcare decisions. The Court was under no illusions about the true intention of these laws, and Virginians should not be either. I joined my colleagues in opposing Texas’ restrictions because I believe that a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions must exist in practice, not just in theory.”

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia applauds U.S. Supreme Court decision and continues fight in the Commonwealth

    Ruling calls into question the constitutionality of Virginia’s own medically-unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers

    In a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt today, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down medically-unnecessary restrictions imposed by the state of Texas that forced more than half of that state’s abortion providers to close.

    In Virginia, as in Texas, anti-abortion state legislators passed a law designed to cut off access through medically-irrelevant restrictions, singling out first-trimester abortion providers from other outpatient health care facilities for hospital-style regulation. The Virginia Board of Health is currently considering amendments to these regulations that would make them better reflect the medical reality of first-trimester abortion care. A current 60-day public comment period in this process ends July 1.

    Janice Craft, J.D., Director of Policy and Government Affairs, said:

    “The U.S. Supreme Court has definitively stated that no restriction on abortion providers can pass constitutional muster unless it offers medical benefits to women sufficient to justify the burdens it imposes on abortion access. While the Supreme Court’s decision does not have an immediate effect on the fourteen remaining women’s health centers that provide abortion in Virginia, it raises serious questions about Virginia laws restricting access to abortion and the legitimacy of the resulting regulations. At the very least, the Supreme Court has made it clear that any regulation made by the Virginia Board of Health must be based on medical evidence and best practices around abortion care – not on a political agenda to shut down as many clinics as possible.”

    Executive Director Tarina Keene said:

    “Today’s decision is a major victory for women across the United States, with the court affirming a woman’s right to make own decisions about abortion, regardless of where she lives. The fight to protect abortion access nationwide and here in Virginia is far from over, however.

    “The Supreme Court recognized what we have seen over our past five years of fighting targeted regulation of abortion providers in Virginia: These laws were never about protecting women. They are part of an ideological agenda to cut off safe, legal abortion access in any way possible and undermine women’s rights and dignity. We will continue our fight to protect abortion access in Virginia from medically-irrelevant, politically-motivated restrictions like those just struck down in Texas.

    “The court’s decision reminds us how critical the outcomes of both the 2016 national election and Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial election will be for the future of abortion rights and access in our state. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and our thousands of member-activists are mobilizing Virginia’s pro-choice majority to elect Hillary Clinton this year, and starting our work now to elect a pro-choice governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general again in 2017.”

  • Video: I know you were all dying to hear Ewwww Jackson’s “analysis” of the SCOTUS abortion clinics decision. Oh, you weren’t? Well, here it is anyway – enjoy! LOL