SCOTUS Strikes Down HB 2 — Here’s How the Internet Reacted

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This morning, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Their decision, which stated unequivocally that the ambulatory surgical center and admitting privilege requirements in the Texas law create an undue burden on the right to seek abortion and are, therefore, unconstitutional, will affect millions of women’s access to reproductive health services across the country.

This was a historic decision and prominent figures on both the left and right had plenty to say about it on Twitter. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

From the named plaintiff:

And from the woman who STOOD UP to stop it and started something incredible and enduring:

And a little later …

Everyone knows exactly what is at stake, because each Supreme Court decision is only as good as the ones that follow it:

And don’t worry, Bernie went off-message to get on-message:

Cecile Richards, Governor Ann Richard’s daughter who broke the news 3 years ago that the filibuster had temporarily stopped this bill:


Members of the Texas Legislature joined in the celebration:


Senator Kirk Watson representing – as usual:

Fresh off winning the nomination to Harris County Commissioners Court, and marching in Houston’s Pride Parade:

Senator Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Gene Wu are always, always on hand to support reproductive justice.

Given how things go these days, it didn’t take long for this to become a story about Hamilton:

Not a tweet, but a screen grab from the liveblog on SCOTUSblog, a blog for which we are eternally grateful:

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You know it.

Meanwhile on the right, the reaction was bitter, small-minded, and riddled with misrepresentations of the facts. As you might expect.

Emily Horne from Texas Right to Life moved to discount the activism of tens of thousands of Texans and the professionalism of abortion clinic staff:

So, now we know that she regards the Supreme Court of the United States as slackers. That’s not how most would characterize them, but her words, her tweet.

Her colleague, John Seago, continues to insist that abortion providers are not providing a safe procedure, which time and again, after surprise inspection and years of collecting data, we can prove is a false accusation:

Of course, John jumped the gun. He took this down, but the internet never forgets.

Seago screws up

We’re just getting word now that Seago’s father worked in the President Dewey administration and played on a football team with Jim Marshall. (Google them.)

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, one of the legislative sponsors pushing these undue burden bills down our throats, maintained her Twitter-free streak. Today is day 119 of no tweets from Jodie. No one is surprised she doesn’t have anything to say. She really never does.

Fortunately, we had a secret correspondent spying on a meeting today:

Naturally, someone thought SCOTUSblog was the Supreme Court’s own blog, and got down to work calling them out:

The Supreme Court hands out decisions on 8.5″ x 11″ paper that a person carts out in a box. They are decidedly not on the twitters, dude. Or are they?

Midway through the day, the tweet getting the most votes for truly tasteless, unnecessary, and really just awful came from The Daily Show. Here’s a screen grab in case they come to their senses and take it down, which they should.

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Yeah, no. Less that, more this:

Most of us at Burnt Orange Report are several days into an adrenaline surge. After three years, we finally get to send this message:

Now, if you’re in Austin, get down to Scholz Garten:

And if you are elsewhere in the state, check to see if any of these celebrations are close at hand. Otherwise, know that you’re part of this celebration, and there’s no waiting period or consent form to be signed for you to claim victory!

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