Major SCOTUS cases being heard – especially rotten Texas abortion law case

WOMEN’S LIVES MATTER!

More than 100 women lawyers and other women in the legal profession told the US Supreme Court why their abortions mattered on January 6, 2016.  This was done in preparation for a major abortion case that will be heard by the US Supreme Court in March involving a Texas law that imposes TRAP law requirements on abortion clinics.  This case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, is seen as a serious threat to the landmark Roe v. Wade.  

According to “More Than 100 Lawyers Tell The Supreme Court Why Their Abortions Mattered,” 1/1/16, in the Huffington Post,

“Women from virtually every corner of the legal profession told the Supreme Court on Monday why their decisions to seek abortions earlier in life meant the world to who they are today.”

Back of woman wearing a t-shirt that reads "Women's Lives Matter" at the Moral Monday rally in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, where over 5000 people protested state Republican politics and policies.

Back of woman wearing a t-shirt that reads “Women’s Lives Matter” at the Moral Monday rally in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, where over 5000 people protested state Republican politics and policies.

“The document — one of 45 “friend of the court” briefs rallying behind the clinics opposing the law — is filled with personal stories from lawyers who “believe that they could not have been the attorneys they have been or done the fine work that they have, were it not for their access to reproductive choice.” “

That 2013 TRAP law in Texas would close all but 10 clinics in that huge state, preventing safe and legal abortion in most of the state.  If the Supreme Court votes against women in Texas, other states will have field days with TRAP laws.

THIS SUPREME COURT CASE COULD DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION IN THIS COUNTRY.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lawyers-abortion-supreme-court_568d4387e4b0a2b6fb6e298b

The US Supreme Court is hearing a large number of high-stakes cases.  These cases will produce long-lasting consequences for how “equal justice under law” is defined and achieved.

According to American Progress, “Each case alone threatens big changes in the lives of everyday Americans. Together, they could result in a dramatic, conservative shift in the law and a significant expansion in the Court’s role—from increasing conservative political power; to further depriving women’s access to health care; to undermining workers’ rights and immigration rights; to eliminating diversity in higher education, this is a critical year for political, civil, and individual rights at the Supreme Court.”

Listen to panel discussion on “What’s at Stake in This Supreme Court Term?” The panel discussion took place on Jan 7, 2016.  Find the notice and the recorded discussion at https://www.americanprogress.org/events/2015/12/14/127331/telling-the-story-of-the-2016-supreme-court-term/

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