A new Right Angle video by Scott Ott features a discussion with Bill Whittle and Steven Green on the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion clinics in Texas on whether or not it could "lead to the death of our constitutional republic."
The 5-3 SCOTUS decision overturned a Texas law that required abortion clinics to meet the same standards as actual medical facilities. But as Ott explains in the intro to the video, their discussion focuses less on the outcome of the case and more on the process and how it sets "a disastrous precedent that will haunt us forever."
In the dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas argued that what Roe v. Wade did was give women the right to choose abortion, but the plaintiffs in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt were abortion clinics and doctors speaking on behalf of "hypothetical women." By allowing this, Thomas said, the court "established new precedent granting standing before the court to a third-party to speak for those who could speak for themselves," thereby allowing preconceived conclusions to enter the courtroom before the trial even begins, essentially pre-choosing the outcome of the case.
Whittle added, "The Founders would simply just have recoiled if they had any sense that a nine-member oligarchy of -- you want to talk about elitests… These people are, in fact, an unelected elite and they are way out of control in terms of the powers that were originally assigned to them."
"The idea that [SCOTUS] would have the power to kill legislation that was legally enacted by the people of the country through their Congress, I think would have just been anathema to [the Founders]," Whittle added.
Also commenting on this matter in a separate blog post is Tea Party leader Mark Meckler, who said much the same thing:
Wake-up, America! Why should five lawyers in black robes get to decide policy questions on which the Constitution gives them no such directions?
State laws, it seems, are nothing more than placeholders until the U.S. Supreme Court rules.