Judge Nap Assesses SCOTUS Ruling to Block Texas' Tough Abortion Law
The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a law in Texas that had closed most of the state's abortion clinics by placing stricter requirement on abortion providers.
Judge Andrew Napolitano explained on America's Newsroom that the Supreme Court will wait to hear an appeal of the Texas law, but in the meantime, it stopped the effect of the law, which had passed in 2013.
Judge Napolitano explained that the law drastically reduced the number of clinics that could legally perform abortions in Texas because it required physicians at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and it also required the clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.
The judge noted what was most unusual about the Supreme Court's decision - which ruled in favor of placing a hold on the law by a vote of 6-3 - was that the three dissenting justices, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, chose to dissent by name.
"Usually, they don't want to commit themselves to that kind of a dissent. So the fact that Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito did this means they were not happy," Judge Napolitano said.
"They really didn't think the court should be dealing with this, especially now in the middle of an election period in Texas."
Watch the clip from America's Newsroom above to see why Judge Nap thinks the law will eventually be upheld.