Lee Yeakel


As interviewed by Kat Reagan, March 24, 2018

Lee Yeakel in his own words

My most important case was probably the Planned Parenthood case. It went to the Supreme Court of the United States. Abortion; abortion is a hot button issue and it divides the country and nobody is ever going to change anybody's mind on it, it's the way people believe. The courts probably have no business being involved in it, the legislature probably has no business being involved in it, but they are because it's a hot-button issue. You know Judge Jones in the circuit wrote the opinion that said well you only have to drive 200 miles you know to do this. That's one of the satisfying things about Bryr setting that aside. I believe at the time that the opinion was made and now in 2018 if you have to drive 200 miles to get a hangnail looked at it's an undue burden. I've done a lot of writing on this, Ginsberg has even has written some she has even written some stuff, where she says that she thinks Roe versus Wade was premature. That may be the issue of abortion should have bubbled around in the states and the circuit longer because, if you look at Roe now all that's left is the right of a woman to have an abortion before the fetus is viable outside the womb. And the court got just got carried got carried away with just got carried away with all of this trimester stuff. And they acted like doctors and it's really a very poorly written opinion if you want to look at it credentialing, and I think a lot of that is what she was talking about. Maybe we should have learned more maybe we should have looked at the political landscape maybe we didn't understand what it meant to women as a group before. Because whenever Roe came up you didn't hear about abortion all that much, and the reason it was a sudanum for Roe is that there is a criminal statute in Texas that says you couldn't have an abortion. Wade was Henry Wade, the district attorney in Dallas that was enforcing that statue. Now we have what 40 years plus if social development in this country, and political development in this country. Which is why Casey is a whole lot different than Roe was even though it keeps the right in place. I wrote the first abortion opinion I wrote I actually said in it that no issue has divided this country as much since slavery and I fully believe that. And I wish the Supreme Court, well I believe the old Saul that the government that governs best is the government that governs least I believe that. I think personally I don't have much of a problem with putting some burden on a woman to make that decision quickly within a certain period of time in which she knows she's pregnant not linger on it. So I think there's a way that we can work that out the problem with the abortion question is nothing ever gets worked out on the abortion question. It always goes to the courts and you've got room leads you see that's where I think there's going to be real debates in the legislature.