The Supreme Court Showers Us With More Good News

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The consequences of yesterday's Supreme Court decision striking down restrictions on access to abortion in Texas are already being felt.

Yesterday's ruling means similar cases that could have been reviewed by the court will never make it that far. The court rejected two challenges this morning that involved restrictions similar to those imposed in Texas.

The state governments of Mississippi and Wisconsin have been sent packing.

In November 2015, the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Wisconsin law.

In the Mississippi case, a federal district court judge issued a temporary injunction in 2012 blocking the law because it would have forced women seeking abortions to go out of state. The same judge issued a second injunction in 2013, which was upheld by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014.

Rather than review these cases, the Supreme Court chose to affirm the lower court rulings. This could significantly reduce the chance that future challenges will make it all the way to the Supreme Court because district court judges will be increasingly skeptical of the arguments made by opponents of abortion.

But wait, that's not all.

The Supreme Court has also rejected a conservative challenge of a Washington state law requiring pharmacies to provide contraception.

The justices' order on Tuesday leaves in place rules first adopted in 2007 following reports that some women had been denied access to emergency contraceptives that are effective when taken within a few days of unprotected sex. Pharmacies must fill lawful prescriptions, but individual pharmacists with moral objections can refer patients to another pharmacist at the same store.

This has been a very rough week for social movement conservatives but, unfortunately, the wave of good news is coming to an end. Today was the last day of the Supreme Court's current session

The court's next session will begin in October.

  • muselet

    Fetus fetishists will weep and wail and gnash their teeth over these decisions, and will come up with increasingly-baroque restrictions on the right to abortion—and every once in a while will convince a district court judge who wants to be convinced to uphold those restrictions—but for now, we can take a deep breath and relax for half a moment.

    Thank you, Supreme Court.


    • ninjaf

      Yes, these moments of sanity seem to be few and far between of late.

  • Aynwrong

    To repeat what I posted here yesterday, if progressives would like to see these kinds of decisions to continue to be handed down by the Supreme Court…

    VOTE HILLARY, 2016!!!

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I hope the Bernie people who are threatening to vote Trump, Stein or not vote at all are paying attention. Say what you will about Hillary, and much of it is well deserved, but she won’t be appointing another Scalia. Trump, on the other hand, is likely to appoint someone like Sarah Palin. As far as the political leaning of the next SCOTUS goes, this may be the most important presidential election in recent memory.

    • swift_4

      It isn’t a secret who Trump would appoint. He literally had the Heritage Foundation draw up a list.


      • Aynwrong

        And that’s something Hillary should be screaming from the rooftops. All Trump will do appoint a clone of Antonin Scalia.

    • Aynwrong

      I’m so fucking sick of Bernie Sanders. And I had nothing but respect for him when he first got into the race. I respect what he’s done. I really do. He made this a more informative election cycle. He forced issues to the surface to be debated in a way they wouldn’t have otherwise. He brought millions into the process that wouldn’t have otherwise been engaged. These are good things. But now he is doing everything he can to piss all that away. Rather than working within the Democratic party in order to push it leftward (which I would support) he just folds his arms and acts as though he’s too pure to get his hands dirty. It’s infuriating.

      Maybe this makes me naive but I actually feel kind of betrayed by this.