July 10, 2016
It was Ralph Waldo Emerson that wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” The U.S. Supreme Court proved itself, if not ethical at least consistent, in its recent 5-3 decision to strike down a Texas abortion law aimed at promoting women’s health. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained that the provisions had been part of an effort to improve minimum safety standards. Justice Stephen Breyer, in the majority opinion, stated that the provisions within the law did not offer sufficient benefits for justifying the “undue burden” affecting women’s access to abortion. In short, the safety provisions were considered obstacles to abortion on-demand.