New Abortion Rules Blocked In Florida, Indiana Hours Before Taking Effect

Jul 1, 2016

By Merrit Kennedy

Federal judges have blocked new restrictions on access to abortions in Florida and Indiana just hours before laws in those states were set to take effect.

This follows Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a controversial Texas law imposing restrictions on the procedure, deeming them unconstitutional.

In Florida, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a stay on portions of an abortion law late Thursday. As NPR’s Greg Allen tells our Newscast unit, the law would have prevented Planned Parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions from receiving any public money, even for routine health screenings. Greg explains:

“One provision would have banned any state money from going to clinics that perform abortions, even if it’s for nonabortion care — things like HIV tests and cancer screening. Hinkle said that’s aimed at discouraging clinics from performing abortions, which the Supreme Court has ruled is unconstitutional.”

As Hinkle writes in the preliminary injunction, “No court has embraced the defendants’ position. And there is no logic to it. That a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion does not mean a legislature can impose otherwise-unconstitutional conditions on public funding.”


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2 comments on “New Abortion Rules Blocked In Florida, Indiana Hours Before Taking Effect

  • @OP- As Hinkle writes in the preliminary injunction, “No court has embraced the defendants’ position. And there is no logic to it. That a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion does not mean a legislature can impose otherwise-unconstitutional conditions on public funding.”

    Anyone with any legal competence should have been able to read that from the constitution and other legal rulings, without a judge having to dictate or explain it to them it to them.

    Apparently “Theistic brain syndrome” causes legal and constitutional illiteracy!

    Hopefully all legal costs involved in these moves based on stupid bigotry and refusal to comprehend plain text, will be laid at the door of those responsible for wasting the Supreme Court’s time!
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  • From the article:

    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement, “These unconstitutional laws punish women, and we will bring them down law by law and state by state. We have been fighting these restrictions on all fronts for years, organizing in the field, building for this moment — and now the wind is at our backs.”

    These are the most encouraging statements I’ve heard for a long time.

    Last night on Bill Maher’s show one of his guests, Rep Barbara Lee of the 13th district of California, said that she wants a defeat of the Hyde amendment. Now that the wind is at our backs, the overturn of this draconian restriction would be a tremendous victory for the prochoice side.

    Why should poor women be denied choice because their health insurance policy won’t pay for abortion? They have a constitutional right to access the service as much as I do. I can afford it and they can’t. Money shouldn’t be part of the equation. Our women who qualify for medicaid are under the poverty line. They need family planning more than any of us. These puritanical Christian fundamentalists are holding our poor women in reproductive slavery and in fact, holding them in poverty.

    More evidence that compassion was never a Christian value.

    Defeat the Hyde amendment. Give poor women a chance to rise out of poverty.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment
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