Once again, the Supreme Court has come down on the side of leftwing politics rather than the law or the Constitution, striking down two Texas laws that required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges and facilities comparable to any other medical clinic that performs outpatient surgery. Opponents of the laws argued that they restricted access to abortion by forcing abortion clinics to be sanitary and medically safe, a strange argument indeed for people who loudly proclaim themselves to be advocates for “women’s health.” In ruling in their favor, the Justices decided that they are not only legislators, they’re now doctors, too, finding that medical complications from abortions are rare and rarely dangerous. And if you happen to be one of those “rare” patients who suffers dangerous complications, you’re on your own. Dr. Kermit Gosnell must be looking at this Court and dreaming of an appeal.
In a stinging dissent that he read from the bench, Justice Alito stated, “The Court’s patent refusal to apply well-established law in a neutral way is indefensible and will undermine public confidence in the Court as a fair and neutral arbiter.” Justice Thomas concurred, writing, "The Court has simultaneously transformed judicially created rights like the right to abortion into preferred constitutional rights, while disfavoring many of the rights actually enumerated in the Constitution. But our Constitution renounces the notion that some constitutional rights are more equal than others...Unless the Court abides by one set of rules to adjudicate constitutional rights, it will continue reducing constitutional law to policy-driven value judgments until the last shreds of its legitimacy disappear."
Frankly, that ship has already sailed. It’s long become obvious that this Supreme Court cannot be relied upon to protect and enforce the Constitution. If Americans don’t want the United States to be a land where the rule of law depends entirely on the personal whims of unelected lawyers in black robes and where the Constitution is hardly more than a suggestion, they need to elect political leaders on every level who will put the Constitution ahead of their own political agendas. And of utmost importance, they must never allow Hillary Clinton to fill the late Justice Scalia’s seat (and maybe more) on the SCOTUS or appoint dozens of leftwing activists to lower courts.