CMA Dismayed at SCOTUS Overturning Safety Requirements for TX Abortion Clinics
The CMA was dismayed and saddened by the June 27, 2016, Supreme Court decision against basic safety requirements for Texas abortion clinics. Due to documented unsanitary conditions and poor safety records at many abortion clinics country-wide, the Texas state law was useful and necessary. Texas’ law (H.B. 2) required that abortion facilities meet the same health and safety standards as required of any other outpatient surgical center; and that, to treat emergencies, their clinic doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location of the abortion. The Supreme Court decision (5-3) reversed a lower court decision that had previously upheld Texas’ law. Because of the judicial activism of five unelected justices, maternal health will be put in danger and basic safety practices will be allowed to be disregarded, in Texas and other states.
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