Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

End Favoritism for Abortion Industry

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in March on the biggest abortion case in 25 years. This case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, comes from a Texas law that requires abortionists to have hospital permitting privileges within 30 miles of the procedure, and also that abortion clinics comply with modern surgery-center standards. The gruesome reality is that many abortion providers lack the credentials and facilities to meet these minimum requirements. This important law has closed nearly half of Texas’ 40 abortion clinics, with more scheduled to close soon.

“Safe and legal” was the catchphrase feminists used to pretend that legalizing abortion was necessary, but we know that abortion causes hundreds of serious complications every year in the United States, many requiring hospitalization. Abortion providers have been happy to shift that burden to other medical centers. When an ordinary physician performs any other type of surgical procedure, he remains available to the patient for follow-up care in case of complications.

No one should be doing “hit and run” operations where the physician causes complications and then is unavailable to help address those complications at some nearby hospital. Yet this “hit and run” model is standard operating procedure for the abortion industry, which routinely dumps women with complications onto other caregivers who struggle to determine what went wrong, and who must bear the costs of follow-up care that should be paid for by the abortion clinics. No other industry is allowed to shift the real costs associated with its business onto the public in this way. The abortion industry is far more interested in its bottom line than in the safety of women.

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