Something that I didn’t specifically cover from Full Frontal on Monday (but something you definitely saw because you’re watching all of Full Frontal, right?) was the last segment video giving a shout out to the Supreme Court for actually getting some shit done.
That’s the same Texas abortion law that Dustin told you about on Monday. But what’s especially important is how few fucks Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can give about possibly offending supporters of Targeted Restriction Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. She actually went to the extra effort of writing her own concurring opinion to make sure that they knew how little she cared for their argument. If you remove the citations from her opinion, you’re left with just a few brilliant sentences.
The Texas law called H.B.2 inevitably will reduce the number of clinics and doctors allowed to provide abortion services. Texas argues that H.B.2’s restrictions are constitutional because they protect the health of women who experience complications from abortions. In truth, “complications from an abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous.” Many medical procedures, including childbirth, are far more dangerous to patients, yet are not subject to ambulatory-surgical-center or hospital admitting privileges requirements. Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B.2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law “would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions.” When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety. So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H.B.2 that “do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion,” cannot survive judicial inspection.
Now I’m not a legal expert, but I believe this opinion essentially boils down to two important facts. This first is where Ginsburg asserts:
And then she follows that up by setting the precedent of:
Of course, she’s been a fan of that legal argument for years now.
All-in-all, not a bad week to be the Notorious RBG.