We often express our disappointment in the far left rulings emanating from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which has appellate jurisdiction over legal issues in Arizona and eight other states plus two territorial courts. This court is not only the nation’s largest, but also the most overturned.
But today we applaud the ruling of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court —- with an entirely different makeup —- allowing Texas to immediately begin enforcing new abortion restrictions that will close all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry has noted Texas’ 2013 law HB 2, was designed to protect women’s health.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is consistently polling high in the race for governor, has led the defense of the law. Abbott released a statement saying, “This decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”
Abbot’s gubernatorial opponent is Democrat Wendy Davis, who launched her campaign riding the notoriety she achieved during a nearly 13-hour filibuster last June that temporarily blocked the law in the state Senate. Not only did she don running shoes and a back brace during her marathon performance, she was also equipped with a catheter, allowing her to stay on the floor since trips to the restroom were disallowed.
A decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod in the case Whole Woman’s Health, et al v. David Lakey, et al in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has lifted the district court’s injunction, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect.