The new session opened today, and the justices issued the list of cases they have decided to hear, and those (many, many more) they have denied a hearing.
The Acuna case fell into the latter category, of course with no explanation. Denials are flat denials, and one is left to speculate, which is futile.
So where does that leave the conflict between two major U.S. courts over the question of whether abortion kills a human being?
In South Dakota. And in the 8th Circuit Court.Â It’s a two-prong thing.
First, the best abortion ban law in the nationÂ is on the November ballot as Initiated Measure 11. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and co-founder of NARAL,Â made these two powerful video testimonies to expose the lies behind the opposition to Measure 11.
A coalition of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the ACLUÂ has thrownÂ together national forces and finances to distort the truth and deceive the citizens of South Dakota into voting against the law. Unless that deception changes minds in that state, the ballot initiative should pass. It has favorable numbers, but the Vote Yes for Life campaign is seriously outmanned and out-spent, and they need help spreading awareness and raising funds.
And the other prong……is that decision by the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that the definition of a human being is a biological fact and not an ideological viewpoint. They decided the informed consent required for women contemplating abortion must include the fact that the pregnant woman isÂ carryingÂ a unique, separate human being who is already in existence and that the abortion will terminate that human being. And that the woman may suffer serious psychological and emotional distress. Planned Parenthood got an injunction from 8th CircuitÂ judge Karen Schreier originally, and the full 8th returned the case to Schreier with their decision that Planned Parenthood was not able to show that the informed consent language was false or ideological.
Schreier has to move somehow on this. The November 4th vote by the citizens of South Dakota will hopefully send her a message to get moving in the right direction.
And the country is watching.