The Supreme Court's striking down of a highly restrictive anti-choice law on Monday set off some conservatives who had been hoping for a 4-4 tie which would have let the law stand.
By a 5-3 vote, the court threw out a Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals with a mandate that clinics must also meet the same strict standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
According to the majority decision, the law went against the undue burden standard established in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
With Justice Anthony Kennedy's vote once again being pivotal, the moderate jurist who often seems to be in the middle of every tight decision took more than his share of abuse, with one conservative commentator saying he sided "with the butchers against innocent life."
A sampling from Twitter below:
No, it's a victory for those who celebrate baby killing as a sacrament. https://t.co/lghsAwo2cU— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1467036999.0
The Left won't be satisfied until there is an abortuary on every street corner.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes)1467037135.0
The nightmares – from filthy, unsanitary equipment to women’s deaths – will continue at abortion facilities that are virtually unregulated.— Lila Rose (@Lila Rose)1467042987.0
Supreme Court sides with the killers of unborn babies.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes)1467036571.0
Justice Kennedy once again joins the liberals to side w/ the butchers ag innocent life. But as Pope Francis says "who are we to judge?"— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1467037071.0
#SCOTUS was wrong to strike down a reasonable law that protected women from unsafe abortion facilities like Kermit Gosnell’s deadly clinic.— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage Foundation)1467042881.0
One conservative set his own fury aside to point out the silence from the new face of the Republican Party: