One of the most successful tactics of the pro-life movement has been to pass state laws requiring that abortion clinics measure up to the standards required of hospitals and other surgical centers. Since most of abortion mills are unsanitary hell-holes, few can comply and they have to shut down.
Texas passed such a law, and half their abortuaries have shut down, going from 40 to 20. But then the Supreme Court put a hold on the law; otherwise, only 10 would remain.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the case. It will do so, however, without the late Antonin Scalia, who was consistently pro-life. But if there is a 4-4 split, the Texas law will stand, since it was upheld by an appeals court. Similar laws in other states, though, have been overturned by courts, and a split decision will mean those overturns will also stand. [Read more…]