Supreme Court Overturns Texas Law Protecting the Health of Women in Abortion Clinics

Supreme Court Overturns Texas Law Protecting the Health of Women in Abortion Clinics

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took overturned provisions of a Texas abortion law that provided that abortion providers maintain hospital privileges and meet ambulatory surgical center standards. The decision was 5-3 in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenged HB2, a sweeping Texas abortion licensing and safety law.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling has essentially relegated women to second-class citizens when it comes to abortion by allowing abortionists to evade meeting basic safety standards that are proven to save lives," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. "We must remember why these safety rules were enacted. When abortion facilities are exempt from meeting safety standards, conditions and practices deteriorate and women are placed in jeopardy. We saw that truth played out during the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who killed Karnamaya Mongar and Semika Shaw during sloppy abortions at a squalid 'House of Horrors.'"

During a 2011 investigation into Texas abortion abuses, Operation Rescue documented poor facility conditions, the illegal disposal of recognizable aborted baby remains, and violations to the Texas 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws at Whole Women's Health, the abortion chain challenged the law.

The 17,000 member Christian Medical Association CEO, Dr. David Stevens released this statement in reaction to this decision, "Given the shocking revelations of abysmal health and safety deficiencies in abortion clinics around the country, the Court's disallowance of health and safety requirements just protects what amount to back-alley abortions. 

"Texas had the courage to require medically appropriate measures to protect women in abortion clinics, where state investigations had uncovered gross negligence and health hazards. The Supreme Court today upended those reasonable, medically necessary safety and health protections in favor of abortion ideology.

"We hear over and over the abortion mantra, 'safe, legal and rare.' But with over a million abortions a year and courts preventing even modest health and safety regulations, abortion is only legal-not at all safe or rare."

Justice Stephen Breyer made the ruling in the case. According to Religion News Service said, “We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Breyer said. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access … and each violates the federal Constitution.”

The overturned restrictions were set to close every facility save 9 and prevent close to 70,000 abortions per year. 

Based on Operation Rescue's regulatory complaints, Whole Women's Health was heavily fined for the illegal dumping of aborted baby remains, and two of its abortionists were disciplined for violations uncovered during Operation Rescue's investigation, as cited by an amici curiae brief, filed by the Liberty Counsel on behalf of Operation Rescue.

Two years later, Operation Rescue reported first-hand on the horrors exposed at the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell followed by a report on allegations made by clinic workers of babies who were similarly murdered at a Houston abortion facility that prompted the special legislative sessions that led to the passage of HB2.

Data recently gathered by Operation Rescue during a meticulous survey of every abortion facility in the country, verified that the average wait time for an abortion in Texas was 23% shorter than the national average wait even though half of the state's abortion clinics have shut down.

Those results prove that The Texas law has not forced women into long waits for abortions - contrary to baseless claims made by the Abortion Cartel.

"We will not stop our fight to save innocent babies and protect women from an abortion industry that makes a living exploiting women by cutting corners on their lives and health," said Newman.

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