January 29, 2016


"43 Years After Roe v. Wade, It's Back to the Supreme Court To Block a Dangerous Sham Law Out of Texas," Nancy Northup, Salon: "One month from now we'll be taking" the fight for abortion rights "back to Washington and asking the Supreme Court to protect this essential right once again by blocking a dangerous sham law [HB 2] out of Texas," Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, writes. Northup explains that the Supreme Court legalized abortion 43 years ago under its "historic Roe v. Wade decision," and "affirmed [the Roe] decision's essential holdings" in its 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Caseydecision. Northup states that Planned Parenthood v. Casey "established a standard rejecting as unconstitutional any law with 'the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion,' and declared that 'unnecessary health regulations' would not stand." Nonetheless, "opponents of Roe recognized early on that a right does not need to be overturned if it can be undermined," Northup writes, noting that abortion-rights opponents remained "determined to regulate Roe out of existence" even after the Casey ruling. She explains that while Texas lawmakers allege that the HB 2 was designed to protect women's health "[i]n order to skirt the standard established in Casey," their "deception is not terribly hard to see through." According to Northup, leading health and medical organizations "have denounced HB2 as not only arbitrary, but likely to increase the risk of harm to women's health," and some supporters of the law "have been perfectly clear about their ultimate objective" to target the Roe ruling. Noting that an unfavorable ruling from the Supreme Court would be "catastrophic," she concludes, "[T]hankfully the right decision is also the same decision the Supreme Court has stood behind for 43 years, first in Roe and then in Casey: that our Constitution protects a woman's right to make her own decisions about her health and family" (Northup,Salon, 1/26). What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "Florida Lawmakers Want To Make Abortion a Felony, Advance Bill Citing 'The Creator,'" Nora Caplan-Bricker, Slate's "XX Factor."

~ "Florida Man Visits State House, Warns that Abortion Will Destroy 'White Culture,'" Christina Cauterucci, Slate's "XX Factor."

~ "Kansas Blocks D&E Bans Again, but That Won't Stop States From Introducing Them," Robin Marty, Care2.

~ "Texas' Anti-Abortion Law Is Having a Predictably Terrible Effect on Women," Lily Wujek, Ms. Magazine blog.


"How the Nationwide Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Is Failing, in One Map," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress": A Texas grand jury's decision "not to indict Planned Parenthood" following the Center for Medical Progress' release ofmisleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue donation "provid[es] more confirmation that there's no solid evidence to support the accusations against the national women's health organization," Culp-Ressler writes. Culp-Ressler writes that the "trend goes far beyond Texas," noting that several conservative lawmaker-led "investigations into Planned Parenthood's activities haven't turned up any proof that the organization is breaking the law." She highlights a map that shows that "11 other states -- Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and South Dakota -- have ... concluded their investigations into Planned Parenthood by clearing the organization of any wrongdoing." Further, she notes that an additional eight states "determined they don't have enough evidence against Planned Parenthood to justify conducting an investigation in the first place." Nonetheless, the "mounting evidence" clearing Planned Parenthood "hasn't been persuasive to" conservative lawmakers, she writes, citing the five separate congressional "committees dedicated to investigating Planned Parenthood" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/26).

What others are saying about the antiabortion-rights movement:

~ "The Anti-Abortion Activists Targeting Planned Parenthood Have a Slew of Legal Troubles," Dahlia Lithwick, Slate's "Jurisprudence."

~ "David Daleiden's No Journalist: His Attack on Planned Parenthood Was One Thing -- a Failed Takedown Operation," Amanda Marcotte,Salon.

~ "Seth Meyers: Defund 'Planned Bullsh*t' Not Planned Parenthood," Matt Wilstein, Daily Beast.