Last year, Governor Rick Perry signed into law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, toughens drug-induced abortion requirements, and requires abortionists to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the killing centers. As a result, abortion clinics in Texas began shutting down. A lower court struck down the provisions, but a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit issued a stay pending appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, and the Fifth Circuit upheld the law.
Subsequently, the high court ordered the law enforced, then earlier this week reversed to allow the lower court to rule on constitutionality. The Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox said this in an e-mail to Life News:
While that is disappointing, it should cause no great alarm. The state’s requirement against cut-and-run abortionists remains in effect for all but two abortion facilities. The restriction on abortions after 20 weeks on unborn children who can feel pain was never challenged and remains in effect today. Likewise, the limitations on chemical abortions up to seven weeks gestation and prohibiting abortionists from sending women home alone to abort have been upheld and remain in effect. We remain confident that the entirety of Texas’s law will ultimately be upheld.
The women in the image above died from abortion complications. Planned Parenthood ended up paying $2 million to the family of Tonya Reaves. Would they have survived these procedures if the clinics had more stringent safety requirements? Planned Parenthood complains that requiring higher standards for doctors who kill unborn babies is burdensome. But abortion is a surgical procedure, albeit one that results in death, so why shouldn’t they be held to the standard of ambulatory surgical centers?