By Guy Page
For the second time in two weeks, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has taken to Twitter to deplore federal court support for legal rights for unborn Americans.
The Supreme Court Wednesday, Sept. 1 refused to block the Texas “heartbeat” law that prohibits abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which occurs about six weeks after conception. The 5-4 vote – with Chief Justice John Roberts and Democrat-appointed justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomeyor dissenting – allows Texas to enforce the law while challenges proceed through the federal courts.
“I am deeply troubled by the Texas law effectively banning a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. This law is unconstitutional. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. We intend to do what we can to protect a woman’s right to her reproductive health,” Donovan tweeted Sept. 1, shortly after the decision was announced.
On August 19, Donovan took to Twitter to condemn a federal court ban on second trimester dismemberment abortions.
There is a mutually beneficial relationship between Donovan and Planned Parenthood of New England. The abortion provider made him the guest of honor at a Planned Parenthood Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraiser in Burlington in October, 2019. The announcement for the event praises Donovan and his assistants for “their dedication to protecting and advancing reproductive justice in Vermont.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in Vermont, testifying to the Legislature that they perform 90% of the approximately 1,200 abortions performed annually in the state.
“TJ Donovan announced that he is ‘deeply troubled’ over the decision of the Texas legislature to protect living unborn babies with a beating heart,” stated Sharon Toborg, Policy Analyst for the Vermont Right to Life Committee. “Donovan is a fervent advocate of unrestricted abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. Donovan uses the resources of his taxpayer funded office, plotting with Planned Parenthood, to ensure that no unborn child, even a child who can survive outside the womb, can ever be protected in Vermont.”
“Today marks a new era in the Pro-Life world,” said Jim Graham, president of Texas Right to Life. “Our HISTORIC law took effect yesterday, and this decision means that Texas can protect preborn babies from abortion who have detectable heartbeats! No other state has accomplished this.”
Though about a dozen states have passed similar heartbeat laws, Texas is the first to be allowed to enforce its law. The others have been blocked by the courts.
In their ruling late Wednesday, the Supreme Court said the pro-abortion groups did not provide sufficient reasons to justify blocking the law.
“The applicants now before us have raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue,” the majority wrote. “But their application also presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden. … In light of such issues, we cannot say the applicants have met their burden to prevail in an injunction or stay application.”