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SCOTUS Strikes Down Texas's Abortion TRAP law

Three years ago, I sat up most of the night in front of my computer, watching the debate on HB2, one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, live-streamed from the floor of the Texas Legislature. That was the night of Wendy Davis's courageous filibuster, and although I had been unable to drive to Austin to be part of the Unruly Mob in person, I was glued to the proceedings. In between watching debate, tweeting out and Facebooking links, and talking to my fellow activists who were terrified that this bill would pass and essentially end access to abortion and other forms of reproductive healthcare in Texas, I was silently thanking my high school debate coach for teaching me parliamentary procedure and how to "flow" debates. In the end, the Republican senators broke the chamber rules and voted the bill in just past midnight. Another special session would be called, and the bill would become law. It effectively closed the majority of abortion providers in Texas -- many of which also provided other vital healthcare.

Today, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) struck down that law, citing two provisions -- that all abortion providers meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and that all abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles -- as placing an undue burden on those seeking abortion care. 

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday April 28

In today's Fiery Tuesday post, we concentrate on issues of politics as it connects to religious principles. SCOTUS on same-sex marriage; Pope Francis vs. climate change; May Day history; inequities in CA water use; the personal cost of social activism.

Supreme Court Justices are hearing arguments in a case that's likely to settle the question of same-sex marriage in the United States. This story in the New York Times describes what's at stake.

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Loads of reflection on the Supreme Court "contraception vs. religion" cases:

Yup, it's not over: next up for SCOTUS are dozens of religious non-profits eager to test the limits of the HobbyLobby case. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nonprofits-contraceptive-cases-next-justices

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