Breaking: Supreme Court won’t rule on abortion case

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The Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss an abortion case is good in the short term, but don’t pop out the champaign yet. 

Monday, the Supreme Court decided it wouldn’t hear a case brought by the State of Oklahoma, which would have restricted the use of RU-486 for abortions or treating ectopic pregnancies.

As Ian Millhiser writes at Think Progress,

In the short term, Monday’s order means that a conservative Supreme Court that’s shown considerable eagerness to restrict abortion rights in the past will not decide a major abortion case. In the medium term, however, the question of medication abortions is likely to be in front of the justices again very soon. Texas recently enacted a law that, among other things, includes restrictions on medication abortions that are narrower than the restrictions in Oklahoma. A challenge to the Texas law is barreling towards the Supreme Court, and would likely present the justices with the opportunity to decide a medication abortion case if they choose to do so.

Nevertheless, the fact that the justices turned aside an opportunity to uphold the very broad Oklahoma law may offer a small ray of hope to supporters of abortion rights. For the moment, the justices seem uninterested in endorsing an expansive ban on medication abortions, even if there may be five votes to uphold a narrower ban like the one in Texas.

[you can read the whole article here.]

Sadly, the pro-choice movement need more than a ray of hope. We need, to continue the metaphor, a blinding sunrise.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.13.50 PMKatie Halper started identifying as a feminist at the age of 5 when she attended her first pro-choice rally and began calling out the musicals she watched instead of cartoons for being “prejudiced against women.”  She realizes this is a ridiculous photo. 

 

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  1. Posted November 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Champaign: it’s the champagne you drink after a campaign!

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