Upholds Health & Safety Requirements for Abortion Facilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 4, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – Joining with 23 other states, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether regulations of abortion centers in Texas are constitutional. The brief was filed in support of a Texas law, similar to Ohio, mandating health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions.
According to the brief, “A State has a “‘legitimate interest’ in ensuring ‘maximum safety for the patient’ in all medical procedures, including abortions.”
Last November, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, (formerly known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole) the abortion industry’s challenge to a Texas law that abortion centers comply with medical health and safety standards to protect women seeking abortion.
“This is the first abortion case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear since 2007, when it upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortion,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “This historic decision will decide whether abortion facilities can operate substandard, unlike all other medical facilities.”
The Court’s decision will also affect states beyond Texas as currently, 29 states prescribe health and safety standards for abortion facilities, and 15 states require abortionists to maintain admitting privileges with a local hospital or a written patient transfer agreement with a doctor with such privileges to ensure knowledgeable care should an emergency occur.
At last report, pro-abortion activists have filed 45 amicus briefs against these commonsense medical standards. The Supreme Court’s ruling is due by June.
See full text of the brief.