The Supreme Court, in a 5 to 3 decision Monday, decided that the 2013 Texas Abortion Law (HB2) was too restrictive and shot down two provisions; provisions that force Texas abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles from the abortion clinic and force abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospitals for outpatient surgery.
Justice Breyer wrote in the majority opinion: "The surgical center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.
"Justice Kennedy in a separate opinion agrees, saying that the two provisions that were supposedly intended to protect woman's health were "merely cover for making abortions harder to obtain."
The real issue: religious belief.
Even though abortion is always an issue during elections, the U.S. Constitution protects a woman's right to obtain an abortion, and that fact is not under serious debate. What seems odd however is that the Conservative (Right) wing of the Republican party, those same people who are constantly complaining about the tendency of Liberal politicians and judges to "shred the Constitution" are willing to subvert the Constitution because of their own personal religious beliefs.
Elected representatives swore an oath to the Constitution.
It seems that many if not most Conservatives in Congress place their commitment to their personal religious beliefs above their sworn oath (their legal commitment) to "bear true faith and allegiance to" and "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." Yes! Our elected representatives should be good people; good Christians, Jews, Mormons, agnostics or whatever at home but when they step into the House or Senate chambers, they owe their full allegiance to the Constitution of the United States, not to their religious leaders or deities.