Oral Arguments from Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt
For some reason, I decided to read today's oral arguments to Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt today, at Leah Libresco's recommendation.
...what am I talking about? I read through all 90-whatever pages just to listen to Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and the Notorious R.B.G. mercilessly sass the respondents from Texas. Select quotes:
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Can I walk through the burden a moment? There's two types of early abortion at -- at play here. The medical abortion, that doesn't involve any hospital procedure. A doctor prescribes two pills, and the women take the pills at home, correct?
MS. TOTI: Under Texas law, she must take them at the facility, but -- but that is otherwise correct.
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: I'm sorry. What? She has to come back two separate days to take them?
MS. TOTI: That's correct, yes.
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: All right. So now, from when she could take it at home, it's -- now she has to travel 200 miles or pay for a hotel to get those