In a 5 to 3 decision on Monday the US Supreme Court ruled against the constitutionally of a Texas law that required abortion clinics to be located in the immediate vicinity of emergency medical facilities to trying to stop most abortion clinics from continuing to operate. The majority ruling considered such special treatment of abortion clinics differently than other clinics, such as colonoscopy or natural birth clinics where the chances of complications is much higher, unfair. Abortions done in medically certified facilities are among the safest invasive medical procedures. So there are no medical reasons why abortion clinics should be treated differently.
“There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure,” Justice Breyer wrote. “We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an “undue burden” on their constitutional right to do so.”
This is a stunning victory for Pro-Choice advocates for a woman’s right to choose and reinforces the separation of church and state by discouraging attempts to work around that constitutional right. But conservative Christian legislator continue searching for clever ways to get around the separation of church and state in an attempt to indirectly legislate morality that infringe on the rights of others. They believe that God’s Laws command them to saving the world from sin.
I’ve previously written about this in the post “The Anti-Abortion Law in Texas“. Texas legislators consider abortions the murdering of fetuses but cannot ban it for that reason due to the separation of church and state and the fact that a fetus has previously been ruled not a person so is not protected by the Constitution. So they cleverly figured ways to work around the constitution. It is ironic that Texas is one of the strongest pro-gun state in the nation that believe people have the right to kill other people if they feel threatened and that they felt the need to use deceptive legislation to address an abortion issue, both seemingly inconsistent with Christian values of love and honesty. Does this mean that the means justify the ends?
This demonstrates that they do not believe in free will even though they acknowledge that one must repent for their sins so they acknowledge that there is free will for them to commit sin without being smitten down by God. The separation of church and state is actually an affirmation of free will because it separates the constraints of sin from the freedom of choice and thus is consistent with Christian doctrine. It affirms our right to exercise our right to the same free will God gave Adam and Eve to commit original sin in spine of God command not to partake of the fruit of good and evil. So what right does man have to do defy God’s will? I think God’s Laws are often confused with God’s Will. God’s Laws (commandments to man) is for man not to kill another man but God’s Will (God’s personal plan for man) is to allow man the ability to either break his Laws or follow them and join him in heaven according to Christian doctrine.
Our nation is very rich in its diversity of various religions and other beliefs. This stems from the legacy of the Pilgrims coming to this land to escape Christian persecution from the Church of England for their religious beliefs. The far-sighted vision and wisdom of our founding fathers never ceases to amazing me. I wish more of our lawmakers were so endowed. That vision is more than two centuries old yet is still relevant today. And that vision has yet to be fulfilled. Maybe that vision is meant never to be fully understood or fulfilled but only to be contemplated and aspired.