The man who goes to work every day and “thinks up ways to sue President Obama” saw the handwriting on the wall after yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that struck down Texas’ restrictive TRAP law passed in 2014.
“While I disagree with the high court’s decision,” said Attorney General Strange, “there is no good faith argument that Alabama’s law remains constitutional in light of the Supreme Court ruling. Accordingly, my office will dismiss our appeal of a 2014 federal court ruling declaring Alabama’s abortion clinic law unconstitutional.”
Only in Alabama is it considered remarkable when state judges and high-ranking government officials announce that they’ll accept a federal court decision without a fight. Roy Moore, take note please. See how easy this is?
Meanwhile, clinic escorts in Montgomery took a little victory lap and celebrated at the POWER House.
Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates (ARRA) issued a statement:
Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates applaud the decisive victory for reproductive rights in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt from the United States Supreme Court this morning. As ARRA advisor and Coalition Liaison Stephanie Gilmore Ph.D. explains, “We are especially grateful to the five justices who recognize that Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws place an undue burden on patients who seek abortion -– especially poor women, women of color, and rural women -– by overturning HB2 that Texas passed in 2013. Today’s opinion reaches well beyond Texas, into Alabama, and across America.”
Women’s health care clinics that provide abortions also provide cancer and preventative screenings, STD and STI screenings and treatments, prenatal care, and birth control. Gilmore elaborated, “For fewer abortions, make birth control readily available.” ARRA – Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates stand aligned with patients, abortion providers, clinicians, and escorts, as well as reproductive rights advocates and activists throughout Alabama and the United States.
Don’t celebrate too much yet though. The lawsuits against Alabama’s 2,000 foot rule are still active. While the Hellerstedt decision set a higher bar for the “undue burden” test, we can expect Alabama to stubbornly play it out to the bitter end.
We can’t fund basic services in Alabama, but money’s no object when it comes to quixotic lawsuits.