Supreme Court Rhetoric Reveals
Deep ‘Hostility’ To Women’s Rights
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today upheld a nationwide ban on “partial birth” abortion. The nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, opposes this law because the banned procedure is often the best option for women.
Yet themajority – Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito – dismiss the medical community’s opinion and instead adopt political rhetoric intended to appeal to the right-wing base. Some examples:
Abortion methods vary depending to some extent on the
preferences of the physician and, of course, on the term of
the pregnancy and the resulting stage of the unborn
child’s development. (p. 3)
The law need not give abortion doctors unfettered choice in
the course of their medical practice, nor should it elevate
their status above other physicians in the medical community.
When standard medical options are available, mere
convenience does not suffice to displace them. (p. 37)