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Liberty! And science…

June 27, 2016

WendyDavisSneakersThere is a sense in which today’s ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt should be obvious. The notion that the Texas laws at issue ever were intended to protect women’s health was a charade. Their blatant intent was nothing more than to close clinics that perform abortions and make that procedure less accessible. Ariana Eunjung Cha points out the straightforward facts:

The most important thing to know is that a number of recent analyses have dispelled the notion that abortion — as it’s practiced now, legally in the United States (abortion in the past and in other countries is a different story) — is unsafe. One important study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology estimated that the risk of a woman dying after childbirth was 10 times greater than after an abortion. …

In fact, a 2014 study in the journal Contraception found that the safety of induced abortion as practiced in the United States for the preceding decade looked very high compared to other procedures like plastic surgery and dentistry and even activities like biking and running marathons.

The lower court essentially had ignored the history of the legislation and deferred to the charade. Three cheers to the Supreme Court for doing otherwise. This ruling is a significant defense for the liberty of women in Texas. And also a message that the court still attends to facts.

The photo shows Wendy Davis’s sneakers.

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