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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Worst Week for Abortion

Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. There were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement in just one week this year. The first came during oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The left wing of the Court was having a field day by predicting a parade of horribles if Hobby Lobby obtains a religious exemption from contraceptive regulations that violate its owners' consciences. But then Justice Kennedy, the swing vote in the Court, startled liberals with a comment he made to the Obama's attorney: "Under your view, a for-profit corporation ... could be forced in principle to pay for abortions." Justice Kennedy opposes compelling even for-profit corporations to pay for abortions.

Next came the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit which issued a stunning decision against the abortion industry. That court upheld the defunding of Planned Parenthood by the State of Kansas. Then came the Fifth Circuit verdict upholding the pro-life bill that passed in a Texas special legislative session last summer. This law sensibly prohibits abortion unless the abortionist has hospital privileges within 30 miles, so that he can remain available to handle any complications he causes. On no other major medical operation does the surgeon avoid helping on complications, as abortion providers often have been doing. The business model of the abortion industry has been to shift the costs of complications onto hospitals and taxpayers. The victims of abortion who have serious complications typically end up in emergency rooms where the abortionist is nowhere to be found. Nineteen abortion clinics have closed in Texas because of this new law, and liberals who oppose unsafe abortions should be cheering about the closures. Instead, they are whining and claiming that the Supreme Court should take this case on appeal.

With three women judges unanimously upholding this law that results in the widespread closure of abortion clinics in Texas, Republican candidates now have something positive to campaign on.

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