Liberals won’t like what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit just ruled.
The court this week upheld a pro-life law in Missouri that requires abortion clinics to give women booklets informing them that life begins at conception, and that abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.
Clinics also must do ultrasound before performing abortions.
Courthouse News Service reported that a so-called Satanist, named as “Judy Doe” in the lawsuit, claimed that the state’s definition of when life begins — at conception — violates the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment, even though it is a biological truth. Doe also claimed the informed-consent law violate her religious beliefs. An excerpt (emphasis added):
“Doe makes no argument, however, that the informed-consent law is anything other than ‘neutral’ and ‘generally applicable,’” U.S. Circuit Judge David R. Stras wrote for a three-judge panel. “In these circumstances, it must only survive rational-basis review, which requires it to be ‘rationally related to a legitimate government interest.’ To the extent Doe argues that the certification requirement lacks a rational basis, we disagree.”
A spokesman for the state declined comment on the ruling.
Doe had argued in her complaint that an unborn child that is not viable, as defined by Missouri law, is just tissue under her religious beliefs. She said she “makes decisions regarding her health based on the best scientific understanding of the world, even if the science does not comport with the religious or political beliefs of others.”
The woman further asserted that her “body is inviolable and subject to her will alone,” and that “she alone decides whether to remove the tissue from her inviolable body.”
Doe’s lawyer said the state “has no business telling us that life begins at conception. We can decide that for ourselves.”
This is the slippery slope of denying biological reality. Liberals who claim to “love” science are the first to obfuscate on when life begins to keep the abortion industry churning. They deny that a person’s sex is an immutable, biological characteristic that will never change, regardless of social shaming or tyrannical laws that force people to refer to a man as a woman.