Right to Life Media Release 5th July 2016
Right to Life makes no apology for speaking up in defence of the right of women to be respected and have their health protected. It is concerning and disappointing that the United States Supreme Court has recently overturned the right of the Texan State legislature to protect the health of women in that state.
Likewise it is concerning that the New Zealand Family Planning Association should celebrate this Supreme Court decision “as a win for reproductive rights.”
On Monday 20 June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a (5-3) ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case challenging a law requiring abortion clinics to be subject to annual inspections and to meet the same requirements as Ambulatory Surgical Centres, [ASC] staffing, medical, sanitary and building standards and that abortionists maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.
Whole Women’s Health, a party to this appeal to the Supreme Court has a chain of abortion clinics which have poor safety records with the Texas Department of Health in the running of filthy clinics.. Because of the decision, beauty parlours, veterinarian clinics and public swimming pools will be held to higher sanitary and health standards than abortion clinics.
As late as 2000 the National Abortion Federation supported abortion clinics having to conform to standards relating to admitting privileges. In 2004, the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association issued a document, that said a “core principle” of public safety is that “physicians performing office-based surgery must have admitting privileges at a 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.” In Texas, 500 women a year are rushed to hospital after botched abortions, more than 200 are hospitalized. The US Supreme Court decision now means that the bar will be lowered and that abortion clinics will not have the same requirements. Right to Life believes this will likely result in even more women suffering and even dying after botched abortions at clinics with inadequate facilities to handle complications.
This decision represents a great setback for woman’s health and safety. For that is what this case was about, not abortion. Two dozen abortion clinics in Texas who were shut down because they refused to meet the health requirements are now expected to reopen. The controversial decision of the Supreme Court by five activist Judges who are clearly pro-abortion, will have serious implications for several other States that have similar laws to protect women’s health.
It is simply a complete fabrication to say, that the Constitution somehow demands that these laws be struck down on the grounds of ”undue burden.” The Texas Attorney General stated that “the State has wide discretion to pass laws ensuring Texas women are not subject to substandard conditions at abortion facilities.”
Right to Life believes that in celebrating the recent decision by the liberal judges on the US Supreme Court, the primary agenda held by Family Planning is to push the ‘right’ to abortion barrow at all costs, while downplaying, nay dismissing the very real physical and psychological risks and impacts of abortion.
Right to Life