Score a victory for the Constitutional rights of women. Today, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Wisconsin’s controversial new anti-abortion bill which was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on Friday. The law, like many others being pushed in Republican controlled states, seeks to violate the Constitutional rights of women to control their own bodies.
What this law would do is similar to what they’re trying in Texas — setting rules and laws so strict on what clinics must comply with to perform abortions that they essentially shut down nearly every clinic because they would fail to meet the required criteria.
While Republicans claim these bills are meant to “protect the health of women,” anyone with half a brain can realize that this is some kind of loophole they’re hoping to exploit to prevent abortions from happening in their state.
And once again, whether you agree with them or not, the right to have an abortion is a Constitutionally protected right.
I’m not quite sure what Republicans don’t understand about that. While claiming to be advocates for our Constitution, these people constantly try to find ways to violate the rights given to us by that very same document, just because they disagree with them.
This judge’s decision to temporarily block this new anti-abortion law is extremely important. Hopefully it begins a trend toward a domino effect throughout the country that will challenge the constitutionality of these laws, and finally put an end to the Republican attack on women.
The reason the judge decided to issue this restraining order is because Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services rightfully claimed that the law is an attack on women’s rights. They believe the bill unconstitutionally restricts the availability of abortions in the state, violates our Constitution’s due process guarantee and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently from those who perform other procedures.
Scott Walker thought he was clever when he signed the bill into law on the Friday after the Fourth of July, a day when most Americans were celebrating a long weekend and not paying attention — but his attempts to attack the rights of women did not go unnoticed. This is why we always have to pay attention to what’s going on in our states and never get complacent.
If this law is truly about the health of women, just as other Republicans in other states claim, why is it that a snake like Scott Walker felt the need to sign the bill on a day where he hoped no one would notice?
Why is it millions of women across the country, who damn sure know more about their health than most politicians (many of whom are male) oppose such measures?
Because the truth is, this has nothing to do with concern for women and everything to do with controlling them. It’s an attempt for the “regressive party” (what I often call Republicans) to take us back decades when women were treated as second class citizens.
Thankfully for women, Scott Walker’s attempt to do that has, at least for now, been prevented. The judge has scheduled a full hearing on the law for July 17th, when it will hopefully be struck down for good.
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