Texas Right to Life's legislative director, John Seago, tweeted live during what should be the last hearing in the federal Austin district court on the constitutionality of the Texas Sonogram Law.
ICYMI: Judge Sparks was very hesitant today when CRR asked 4 another ruling attacking Tx
#prolife Sonogram Law. 5th Circuit tied his hands.
And that's it's. Seemingly defeated Sparks closes hearing by saying he'll consider arguments in filing & see if he has something 2 rule on.
Tx Solicitor General requesting that the court rule on numerous other arguments originally filed by CRR 2 keep more lawsuits from rising.
Sparks said he will release a final decision soon even though it's going to straight to 5th Circuit and he's hands are really tied.
Sparks: The 5th Circuit's ruling didn't even touch the arguments I wrote on. The panel concluded in favor, but it wasn't a rebuttal.
Sparks 2 CRR: I still want u 2 tell me what u want me 2 do. The higher courts already said the law can b enforcd just 2 keep me from acting.
CRR argues that 5th Circuit & State interpretation of Law are not consistent. Thus Sparks needs to clarify how the law should be followed.
Sparks seems very hesitant & worried to take a position in contradiction to higher court. Perhaps he sees the case as already over.
CRR arguing that all facts were not considered by higher court and they want Sparks to say the law violates Casey in contra to 5th circuit.
Sparks: You're focusing on arguments that have already been answered by 5th Circuit. Why are u riding a dead horse?
Sparks: 5th Circuit has tied my hands, they barely handled your arguments, but they've ruled.
Plaintiffs (CRR) open their arguments with an update on recent request 2 take out certain arguments from their lawsuit.
'State's interest in respect 4 life is advancd by dialogue that better informs medical profession, expectant mothers & society as a whole.'