Today reason returned to the Lone Star State. Despite despicable, underhanded chicanery, the Republicans in Texas, led by Rick Perry on a personal mission of anti-woman's rights, were dealt a major setback. The war surely hasn't been won yet, but the battle of Wendy Davisburg has been claimed and the winner is the women of the entire state of Texas.
Texas has had many champions over the years, but none sit taller in the saddle today than District Judge Lee Yeakel. With the stringent new regulations scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, the federal judge wrote Monday that "...these regulations violated the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman's access to abortion clinics."
Judge Lee Yeakel represents a legal victory for abortion rights providers, who had challenged new requirements that abortion doctors must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic and that all abortions must take place in surgical centers, rather than allowing women to take abortion drugs at home
Now, and for the time being, women will continue to have the protections they had under the law, and that Wendy Davis fought so hard to protect. Medication taken at home as prescribed by a licensed doctor will continue to provide choice to women. Clinics will remain open and patients will be granted access, without having to drive hundreds of miles or more to get the medical care and express the choice that the Supreme Court granted under Roe v. Wade.
So take that, Governor Perry, and stick that under your ten-gallon hat. You and your cronies are going to be the great state of Texas's downfall. Healthcare and women's rights are coming. You can't stop progress. But we can stop you. Go ahead and run for President again. You'll meet the same fate as before. A resounding defeat at the polls. Next time you try to think of the three government departments you want to shut down, the third one is your political future.