A few months ago, the Louisiana state legislature passed a new abortion law that was much stricter than the standards that were in place until then. Today, US District Judge Ralph Tyson stopped enforcement of this new law on three bases.
The reasons for the temporary restraining order, which will last up to two weeks is that, first, the law states that women must have an ultrasound taken prior to receiving the procedure, but it doesn’t specify whether the women must view copies of the ultrasound or receive copies of the ultrasound or what. The second rationale for the order is that the law specifies other written materials provided by the state to be given to the women. Louisiana, however, hasn’t managed to produce the documents as yet. The third reason given is related to the one above. Doctors fear that the state administration has no intention of producing or of eventually providing the forms to them. The physicians would then be violating the law by giving women abortions without also giving the mandatory documents. So, they’re apprehensive that Governor Jindal, to enhance his Vice-Presidential bid, would welcome the opportunity to prosecute them, even if the case would eventually be thrown out of court.
I don’t know if Bobby Jindal intends this or not. I know that most of his efforts to make him a plausible veep candidate have backfired. Most recently, during the oil spill, he kept shouting that something had to be done to stop the oil. Then, when nobody knew of anything that would work, Bobby asserted that what would work is a levee, sort of what abuts Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. Experts reminded him that an ocean sometimes has bigger waves than a lake. But Jindal understood that in our state it is less important to actually accomplish anything; what works is to be seen scurrying around. So, he used state funds to pay for and build this levee, and got BP to agree to recompense the state if it were effective. Then, the Gulf had some waves, and the sand was washed to sea. And now, everyone is talking about how much more effective Haley Barbour was during the crisis than was our governor. Well, anyway, we still love you Bobby.