HOUSTON — When a pro-life strict constructionist such as Attorney General Greg Abbott interprets Roe v. Wade so broadly it applies to law school entrance exams, a reasonable person might conclude Abbott is engaged in motivated reasoning, to put it nicely.

Abbott doesn’t actually believe Roe v. Wade should be expanded to cover some vast new domain – his long record demonstrates otherwise. So why would he employ such a flimsy pretext to block a reporter’s access to Law School Admissions Test scores that should be public under state and federal law?

One reason is Abbott is no mere disinterested observer of the admissions scandal at the University of Texas and its law school, in particular. He’s a participant. His role so far has been to obstruct those pressing for answers.