Wisconsin Abortion Appeal To Supreme Court Rejected
Adding to the news yesterday from the Supreme Court about the right of women to control reproduction comes more news today aimed directly for Wisconsin.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Badger State of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down our state’s law placing restrictions on abortion providers.
The justices’ decision to refuse to hear appeals from Wisconsin and Mississippi follows the striking down of a Texas law with similar restrictions, requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges.
One of the prime reasons conservatives use the issue of abortion is to score political points. There were plenty of objective legal minds who strongly pressed the view that what Wisconsin legislators were crafting was not going to be constitutional. But there was a hungry partisan base that needed to be catered to and the GOP majority in the statehouse felt no compunction not to act. They hold the power and have demonstrated time and again that sound judgment is not a strong factor in why they act.
Having a reasoned and wise judiciary has once again saved us all from the most base and partisan of whims and motives. If only the ones who keep demanding control over women’s bodies would learn their lessons we would not need to repeat these headlines.
No one believes that Wisconsin Republicans under our statehouse dome–or conservatives in other legislative bodies–had some deep and genuine enthusiasm for promoting women’s health. Rather it all was simply to cater to the anti-abortion movement.
The court made it clear that judicial inspection is a most important check on those who wish to control women’s reproductive rights.