civilrightsby Kelli

Still, judges’ willingness to step outside the abortion frame and to weigh, from that broad perspective, whether the abortion right has become unduly burdened is something new and potentially of great value in the struggle to preserve women’s reproductive freedom.

Even in the face of cynical and unrelenting political attack, the right to abortion can become stronger the more tightly it is stitched into the constitutional fabric, the more that smart and gutsy judges are willing to treat it as what it is, a right like any other.

~ Linda Greenhouse, discussing the recent decision by a judge to nullify Alabama’s Women’s Health and Safety Act, “which required doctors who performed abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital,” New York Times opinion page, August 6

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