June 27, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Decision puts Women at Risk

Today's 5-3 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Texas H.B. 2 means that the women of Texas who choose to abort their children will not have the protection they would have for almost any other outpatient surgical procedure.  This decision puts the health and well being of women throughout the country at risk.  States with similar laws and those trying to pass similar laws will been hindered in their efforts to pass common sense protections for women seeking abortions.  The Illinois Federation for Right to Life laments the double standard under which women seeing abortions are treated as the law now place them in danger in order to protect their right to abort their unborn child.

As Carol Tobias, the President of National Right to Life has stated, "How shabby are these abortion clinics that they cannot meet minimal standards other outpatient surgical centers are required to meet, and just how bad are these abortionists that they can't get admitting privileges at a local hospital?  As we saw with Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, it's clear that the lucrative abortion industry is not able or willing to police itself and allows filthy, deplorable conditions to go unchecked."

The immediate tragedy in today's Supreme Court ruling is that the women and unborn children of Texas and entire nation continue to be at risk at clinics and medical offices which require little or no oversight for their adherence to basic, common sense, medical protocols which would accompany almost any other surgery or major medical procedure.  The long term impact  of this ruling remains to be seen but pro-life people must continue efforts to protect women from those willing to sacrifice them for a political agenda and financial gain.