There’s too much power vested in nine people in black robes. It only takes five justices, though, to make decisions that impact generations. And they’ve been Supremely wrong, repeatedly. In Dred Scott vs. Sanford, the Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not citizens and, therefore, not afforded constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1875, both written and passed solely by Republicans, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. In Plessy versus Ferguson, despite the Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th and 15th), an arrogant Supreme Court affirmed codified racial discrimination in what should be called Separate and Unequal. In Minor versus Happersett, the majority on the Court refused to recognize a woman’s right to vote. Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton are in a long tradition of tragic rulings from America’s highest Court.
We keep hearing cries of “Precedent!” from those who want to ignore the devastation that egregious Supreme Court opinions have had on our society. And now, with nearly 62 million human lives aborted from existence by “precedent”, it’s long overdue to address the conjuring of rights out of thin air by those donning those black robes.
Now a new Supreme Court case, June Medical Services versus Russo, reminds the nine justices of what their predecessors have unleashed. The bill, which prompted the legal challenge, was authored by an African-American pro-life Democrat, Rep. Katrina Jackson of Louisiana (now Senator Jackson). She calls abortion “modern-day genocide.” The pro-abortion Left, however, is demanding that abortionists need not be credentialed, licensed, accountable or have any hospital admitting privileges. They’re making their plea, through the ACLU of course, that their sacrosanct “abortion access” is far more important than the actual health of women.
Sadly, I was too sick to be able to deliver my speech as the Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 4th, but an amazing array of pro-life, pro-women, pro-liberty advocates from across the nation stood with Louisiana to protect women and protect life. Led by Live Action’s Alison Centofante (who is currently pregnant), the rally displayed such a stark contrast between those who believe women’s lives matter and those, on the other side, who believe only access to abortion—no matter how Gosnell-like it is—matters.
Act 620 is simply a response to the nonpartisan Gosnell Grand Jury’s report recommendations: “If oversight agencies expect to prevent future Dr. Gosnells, they must find the fortitude to enact and enforce the necessary regulations. Rules must be more than words on paper. We recommend that the Pennsylvania Department of Health plug the hole it has created for abortion clinics. They should be explicitly regulated as ambulatory surgical facilities, so that they are inspected annually and held to the same standards as all other outpatient procedure centers.”
Funny how those so fixated on the historical precedent of Roe v. Wade forget about history that occurred on 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philly just a few years ago. No more Gosnells! Well, unless you’re a pro-abortion activist who ignores the collateral damage of women killed in the name of protecting the back alley abortion. Admitting privileges are a basic standard of care for real doctors.
My organization, The Radiance Foundation, was honored to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to support Act 620, aka the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. Those most at risk, of course, are those in Louisiana’s black communities which comprise 61.2% of the state’s abortion numbers. The Douglass Leadership Institute, Restoration Project, Issues 4 Life Foundation, Frederick Douglass Foundation, National Black Prolife Union, National Black Pro-life Coalition, Project 21, Everlasting Light Ministries, and Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King) were co-signers in this powerful brief that presented the documented cases of racial discrimination and needless deaths of women at the hands of the abortion industry.
Medical associations have been issuing numerous statements about the institutional racism in healthcare yet ignore where it is most glaringly and fatally obvious—in an industry that kills for a living. The American Public Health Association (APHA) declares: “Racism hurts the health of our nation…To achieve health equity and create the healthiest nation in one generation, we must address injustices caused by racism.” You mean like requiring predatory abortionists to abide by the same rules of healthcare as other physicians? APHA radically supports abortion (especially among minorities) and opposes any accountability, whatsoever, for abortionists.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) declares: “Patient handoffs [which happen with admitting privileges] are a necessary component of current medical care. Accurate communication of information about a patient from one member of the health care team to another is a critical element of patient care and safety.” Yet, the radically pro-abortion ACOG protests any laws requiring these very standards of care only when applied to abortion businesses. In what can only be described as political extremism, ACOG contradicts itself by claiming that patient handoffs, and the vital communication that they require, are “not necessary for continuity of care”. The American Medical Association, too, has jumped on the anti-admitting privileges bandwagon with its recent public advocacy of abortion, particularly among African-Americans. Both groups’ non-medical politics directly conflict with the care needed by patients these physicians have vowed to medically serve.
ACOG falsely claims: “Admitting privilege mandates are not accepted by the medical, legal, or research community.”
Funny, because back in 2004 over 30 major medical associations—including ACOG and AMA—all signed a Statement on Patient Safety Principles for Office-Based Surgery declaring, in part: “Core Principle #4 – Physicians performing office-based surgery must have admitting privileges at nearby hospital, a transfer agreement with another physician who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, or maintain an emergency transfer agreement with a nearby hospital.”
What’s changed since 2004? Politics. Apparently, the pro-abortion Left will always accept risk and lethal harm to women when it comes to abortionists. These predatory “physicians” get a free pass from those relying on the Supreme Court to make yet another supremely wrong decision. Let’s pray they don’t.
Ryan Bomberger is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. He is happily married to his best friend, Bethany, who is the Executive Director of Radiance. They are adoptive parents with four awesome kiddos. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning creative professional, factivist, international public speaker and author of NOT EQUAL: CIVIL RIGHTS GONE WRONG. He loves illuminating that every human life has purpose.
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