SCOTUS Declines Abortion Clinic Suit Against TX Bishops

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a lawsuit aimed at forcing Catholic bishops to release internal documents that would show whether they planned to front the costs associated with providing funeral services for aborted fetuses.

The decision not to hear the case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas Catholic of Bishops, is the latest example of the Supreme Court demonstrating reluctance to consider issues touching on abortion rights since the bench has leaned more conservative.

“Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops and force them to withdraw their offer to bury every child aborted in Texas,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in the case. “Abortion groups may think the bishops ‘troublesome,’ but it is wrong to weaponize the law to stop the bishops from standing up for their beliefs.”

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