WASHINGTON, DC — “Women should not be relegated to substandard facilities in order to save abortion providers a few dollars,” Liberty Counsel told the Supreme Court in an amicus brief. Liberty Counsel is working on behalf of Operation Rescue, which obtained extensive evidence of unsanitary conditions in Texas abortion clinics, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an organization of over 40,000 Hispanic churches concerned about Planned Parenthood’s targeting and endangering minority women. Nearly 8 out of 10 surgical abortion facilities are located in African American or Hispanic neighborhoods.
“This Court has consistently held that the health and safety of citizens, and especially pregnant women, is a compelling state interest that can justify regulations on abortions,” Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, told the Supreme Court. “Operation Rescue’s investigation demonstrated the urgent need for improved clinic standards, and the legislature properly responded to that need by enacting HB2,” he continued.
“Before HB2, women were threatened by unsanitary conditions and unqualified abortionists,” Staver commented. “All women, despite race or ethnicity, deserve the same standard of care for elective abortions as do their fellow Texans seeking other outpatient surgical procedures,” he continued. “Doctors with hospital admitting privileges save lives. Abortion clinics meeting safety and health standards protects health. The fact that nearly half of abortion clinics in the State of Texas shut down after the passage of HB2 is further evidence that the regulations were desperately needed.”
Used with the permission of Liberty Counsel.