On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether or not a Texas bill passed in 2013 has placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions, which is unconstitutional as ruled in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Scott A. Keller, Solicitor General of Texas, stood in front of the court like an asshole to defend the passage of the bill on behalf of Dr. John Hellersted, Texas’s Commissioner of Health and defendant in the lawsuit. Lawyer Stephanie Toti represented the plaintiffs, Whole Woman’s Health.
Here is why the court’s proceedings are so important: The liberal judges must persuade Justice Kennedy that HB 2 is unconstitutional. Kennedy is a conservative judge who was appointed by Reagan, but his views on abortion have swung both ways. If Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Breyer can get Kennedy on their side, they will be able to rule on the case 5-3. A 4-4 tie will keep HB 2 in place.
If you’re not a legalese nerd like Chris, you may find combing through 93 pages of oral arguments “an undue burden” (ha ha) to informing yourself on what’s going on. But Chris is a legalese nerd and did the Lord’s work: he broke down the most important arguments and rebuttals of the day into digestible, 140-character tweets. And he determined that Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Kagan are badasses who won’t take your uterus-regulating shit.