Was anyone really surprised at yesterday’s ruling by U.S. Judge Karen Schreier?
I think everyone knew this law was going to be challenged in federal court when it sat on the Governor’s desk. I am surprised that Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups let the ink dry before filing a lawsuit.
It does seems odd that an injunction was granted only seven hours before taking effect. The only other interesting part to this story is:
The Alpha Center plans to offer its legal assistance to earn a similar result in the current lawsuit, Unruh said, at no cost to taxpayers.
“We have our own lawyers,” she said.
The center will need to file a motion asking to intervene on the state’s behalf, a move Planned Parenthood’s lawyer, Mimi Liu, said will meet resistance.
“We feel they have no place in this lawsuit,” Liu said. “We will oppose any effort from these fringe groups to … use this as a soapbox.”
The state has established a fund for private citizens to contribute to help the state pay for defending this law. While this bill was being debated, the cost of defending the law in court was brought up. Everyone or just about everyone knows this is going to be a long, hard, drag out fight. I would suggest the Alpha Center reconsider intervening, and work with state’s team to provide the strongest defense possible.
I would urge the state to accept the assistance.
Lawyers for the state argued during a Monday hearing on the injunction request that a woman simply could avoid speaking with the counselors, but (judge) Schreier said that was unrealistic.
“Defendants offer no explanation on how an interview ‘to discuss her circumstances’ could be done without the pregnant woman actually disclosing ‘her circumstances,’ ” she wrote.
I almost choked on my coffee when I read that. There is some common sense coming from the bench.
The Alpha Center is no more a fringe group than Planned Parenthood is. They are both filing on the behalf of women who are either seeking abortions, or have had abortions. Both groups are affected by this lawsuit, therefore, why not let them both in the ring (court) ?
The law as it written is a good comprise. It doesn’t completely ban abortions, at the same time it doesn’t give abortion clinics free reign either. It does compel those seeking abortions to become informed, and allows them time to think about the decision. After all isn’t that what we want, is for someone to be able to make an informed decision?