By Dave Andrusko
From a pro-life perspective, it’s been a busy morning of [non-] news. Scotusblog.com, which many of us rely on for the latest updates on Supreme Court happenings, wrote the following. The Court
released its opinions in five cases. On Thursday, we expect the Court to release opinions in one or more argued cases at 10 a.m.
Among the cases not decided today is Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt— the pro-life 2013 Texas law known as HB 2.
Since we are getting toward the end of the High Court’s term, each day that goes by heightens the likelihood that the next time the justices releases opinions–in this case Thursday–they will address HB 2 which requires that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers and abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles for situations of medical emergencies.
The other non-news, according to Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is that a story suggesting her husband is actively considering retirement is bogus. Indeed she went on her Facebook account to mock the story:
For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.
IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.
A funny close friend wrote me: “Next we’ll hear that you and he have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska college sports games won’t be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband — perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas.”
Each weekend before and day of when the High Court is handing down decisions, pro-abortion outlets run stories that paint the same unrelievedly grim (from their viewpoint) picture.
To take just two. “Women’s rights in the US may be about to plunge back to the 1960s”; “This Supreme Court Case Propelled By Right-Wing Media Myths Could Have Major National Consequences.”
Just a couple of words on the latter, which comes from the pro-abortion Democratic front group “Media Matters.” As you would expect, the only “myths” are the ones cranked out by Media Matters.
Repeated misstatements by abortion advocates don’t change the truth that the number of abortion clinics began to decline before HB 2 was even a twinkle in the eyes of pro-life Texas legislators. After the oral arguments in March, NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon explained how and why in numerous posts, particularly in an exhaustive and illuminating four-part series.
To be clear, almost none of these clinic closures can be definitely said to be related to the parts of the law that have been challenged. As for longer waits, that simply assumes that other abortion clinics (particularly Planned Parenthood’s “mega-clinics) wouldn’t pick up the slack.
In addition, Media Matter recycles, yet again, the inside out, upside down revisionist history of convicted murderer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell. They contend requiring abortionists to have access to a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers will not reduce the chances of more Gosnells but increase the odds.
Why? Because the requirements are not only unnecessary but “onerous.” Why? Because, nationwide, abortion clinics are safe, safe, and (did they mention?) safe.
Nothing can dislodge that myth. Nothing. Why? Simply because it is essential to the mega-narrative: abortion clinics are run by wonderful people for whom money means nothing.
That this bares zero resemblance to the real world makes no difference so long as the Abortion Industry’s partners in the mainstream media and pro-abortion blogs grind out this agitprop to an unsuspecting public.
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