Health & Safety Standards Deemed Unconstitutional
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 27, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – The U.S. Supreme Court has released its decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the abortion industry’s challenge to a Texas law that abortion centers must comply with medical health and safety standards to protect women seeking abortion. Ohio has a similar law.
The Supreme Court has ruled that Texas regulations of abortion centers are unconstitutional, upholding a lower court’s decision claiming the state law places an “undue burden “on women wanting abortion.
“For decades abortion facilities have been operating substandard with no legal consequences, unlike all other medical facilities,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “The Supreme Court has ensured that women seeking abortion will not at least receive commonsense health and safety standards for care, and we can expect more botched procedures and tragedies.”
The Court’s decision affects states beyond Texas, including Ohio, 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.
See the United States Supreme Court Blog for complete coverage of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.