Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal leaning Constitutional Accountability Center, said Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the administration's top Supreme Court lawyer until he stepped down last week, deserved some credit for the ruling on Monday striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas due to his performance during the oral argument.
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"The 5th Circuit ruling stands, affecting millions of people, because of governmental dysfunction and not because of any decision of the Supreme Court," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. "However you feel about the merits of a particular case, you should want the court to be able to do its job and declare what the law is, especially in cases of such profound national importance."
CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared on CNN to discuss the breaking news of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Texas' abortion clinic shutdown laws in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
“This case is of such importance not just to the law, but to the millions of families and immigrants affected by it,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. “To have the Supreme Court not issue a ruling with nationwide precedent and explain the reason why they reached that result, I think that’s a real travesty.”
"It will definitely be a dramatic example of the problems of having a mere eight-justice court," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. "And if the court splits 4-4 they will leave in place a difference of opinion, in the circuits [courts] below. That means women would enjoy their fundamental rights differently based on the state in which they live and this is not how our Constitution works."