Those who believe in the right to life received a major victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling that let a pregnant illegal immigrant minor held in federal custody obtain an abortion last year. The decision to let this minor receive the abortion came despite objections by the Trump administration, according to Reuters.
By throwing out the case, the justices provided a legal victory for the Trump administration, despite the fact that the teenager already had the abortion. This is a victory because it eliminates a precedent at the federal appeals court level that, in the future, may have applied to similar circumstances to other detained minors who wanted an abortion.
In other words, by throwing out this case, the Supreme Court has made it more difficult for a legal precedent to be established for detained minors to seek an abortion. This might save a lot of lives.
On top of that, the unsigned opinion had no dissents. All of the justices, therefore, agreed that the lower court decision should be thrown out on the grounds that the dispute became a moot point once the teenager had the abortion.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Health and Human Services issued a joint statement. They are happy with the decision and believe that it will help mothers choose life over abortion.
“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to set aside a lower court decision that allowed for an unaccompanied minor to receive an abortion while in federal custody,” the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services said in a joint statement after the ruling. “The Supreme Court has repeatedly made clear that the federal government is not obligated to help a minor get an abortion and may choose policies favoring life over abortion.”
Pro-abortion activists are angered by the Supreme Court's decision. The ACLU, for instance, who defended the detained alien minor trying to get an abortion, has claimed that they disagree with the decision and will not give up their effort to ensure that women everywhere can have free and unrestricted access to abortions.
“Today’s decision doesn’t affect our ongoing efforts to ensure that all ‘Janes’ can get an abortion if they need one,” said lawyer Brigitte Amiri of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the girl. “The district court has blocked the Trump administration’s cruel policy of obstructing unaccompanied immigrant minors’ access to abortion while the case continues, and we won’t stop until we strike it down once and for all.”
Justices on Monday declined to take up the administration's request for disciplinary action against the ACLU lawyers. The administration accused them of misleading the Justice Department over when she would get the abortion.
Defenders of marriage are also happy about another decision by the Supreme Court today: to side with the baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding.
Indeed, the Supreme Court issued a major ruling on Monday in favor of a Christian baker who declined to bake a custom wedding cake for an openly gay couple's wedding. The Court concluded that the agency did not apply an anti-discrimination law in a neutral manner.
It was Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote the opinion of the seven-justice majority. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented along with Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
According to Kennedy, the state of Colorado can validly protect LGBTQ people, but he also ruled that the agency applied a law that was particularly hostile to those of evangelical beliefs.
“As the record shows, some of the commissioners at the commission’s formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust,” Kennedy wrote.
You can read more about the Christian baker prevailing in the same-sex wedding cake dispute in a recent story by the Daily Caller.