Gov. Rick Perry of Texas signed a bill into law in 2013 that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals, and clinics that kill unborn children must meet the same requirements as outpatient surgical centers.
Over 40 Texas abortion clinics have closed as a result of this law. Abortion advocates consider these common-sense safeguards to be a violation of a woman’s right to kill her unborn baby. (The state also requires women to see sonograms 24 hours before killing their babies and bans abortions after 20 weeks.)
Last summer, when a federal court upheld the pro-life laws, pro-lifers knew it was only a matter of time before abortion advocates appealed the decision. The U.S. Supreme Court today decided to hear arguments in the case.
Kermit Gosnell’s abortion house of horrors went without state inspections for years. He kept a dirty clinic, neglected patients, killed babies born alive, and one woman. Gosnell is serving life in prison. Pro-life lawmakers want to prevent another Gosnell and reduce abortions. But abortion advocates resist laws that raise the standard of care for women.
From March for Life (emphasis in original):
“Abortion advocates often equate access to abortion with women’s health, but sadly are willing to lower the bar on abortion clinic standards,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund. “Today the Supreme Court made the right decision to hear this case and will hopefully let logic and reason prevail in their final decision. Duly elected Texas legislators spoke strongly when they moved to protect women and save lives.”
Gov. Greg Abbott supports the state’s pro-life laws and additional abortion restrictions.