The A.P. reported this week that the State of Mississippi is appealing U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan’s injunction keeping open the state’s only abortion clinic pending the ongoing litigation over the legality of a state law that would force the clinic to close.
According to the article:
Supporters of the law, including Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, say it’s designed to protect women’s health, but opponents say it’s designed to close the clinic and cut off access to abortion.
The problem that I have with this is that everyone knows that the supporters’ claim is not true. Politicians–including the bill’s sponsor–are already on record bragging that the law will close the clinic. It’s the entire reason for the law.
Now the same politicians can’t admit it, however, for fear of the admission being used as evidence in the lawsuit. But if the State wins the case, the politicians will revert to bragging about out-smarting abortion proponents and getting the clinic closed.
For abortion opponents, the ends justify the means. But it’s bad for the legal system.
A case like this reinforces public perception that everyone lies in litigation. And why shouldn’t it? Isn’t it natural to assume that the parties are lying in a car wreck case when the governor and other state politicians obviously lie in order to win the abortion law battle?
The hypocrisy at play here is bad for the judicial system and everyone who works in it.