Texas conservatives have been getting a lot of help from the 5th District Court of Louisiana lately. Just hours ago, we published a story on Louisiana’s 5th District Court of appeals, which is a massively conservative, Bush appointed group, and the fact that it just overturned a Texas Federal judge’s ruling on Rick Perry’s voter suppression laws.
Now that this ruling (really just a temporary reinstatement, just long enough to last through midterms) is in effect, the state reckons that at least 600,000 poor and minority voters will be out of this silly democracy thing.
And this isn’t the first time Louisiana’s conservative Kangaroo court’s done a little little favor for Rick Perry. Fortunately, the last “favor” they did him has just been overturned by the highest authority…The Supreme Court.
On October 2nd, Texas’ pet court upheld that Rick Perry could immediately implement a massively restrictive anti-abortion law that would effectively close all but eight clinics in the state. The law would have required that all clinics upgrade to hospital standards, a venture that would cost millions of dollars in upgrades each. This would have closed all but a few clinics in the major urban areas, leaving none at all within two hour’s drive of the border.
In an unsigned order, all justices (apart from Thomas, Alito and Scalia, of course) agreed that the requirement was unconstitutional, overturning the ruling from Perry’s pet judges in another state.
But, hey…isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work? Fortunately, thanks to the last two days’ worth of court decisions (all due to Rick Perry and three 5th District Appeals Court Judges in another state), women will now have better access to abortions in Texas. Which is good…because at the rate the Texas GOP and its pet Louisiana judges are going now, nobody would want to be born there anyway.