Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Description:  Abortionists in Texas filed suit against the state's women’s safety law known as House Bill 2. Most recently, they challenged a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and a provision that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event a woman must seek hospital care due to post-abortion complications.


ADF: No free pass for abortionists who won’t follow basic health, safety laws

ADF attorneys available to media at US Supreme Court following oral arguments over Texas law designed to protect women
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys
WHAT: Available to media after oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, immediately following oral arguments, which begin at 10 a.m. EST
WHERE: Outside U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, Washington

WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will be available for media interviews Wednesday following oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief last month with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of five groups representing thousands of physicians and other medical professionals who support the women’s safety law at issue in the case, Texas House Bill 2.
 
“Abortionists should not be given a free pass to elude medical requirements that everyone else is required to follow,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “The 5th Circuit was on firm legal ground in its decision, and we have asked the Supreme Court to affirm it. The law’s requirements are common-sense protections that ensure the maximum amount of safety for women.”
 
“Women deserve to have their health and safety treated by government as a higher priority than the bottom line of abortionists,” added ADF Legal Communications Director Kerri Kupec. “Any abortion facilities that don’t meet basic health and safety standards are not facilities that anyone should want to remain open.”
 
ADF filed its brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt on behalf of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians, the Christian Medical & Dental Association, the Catholic Medical Association, and Physicians for Life.
 
Specifically, the brief addressed the medical foundation for two provisions of the law that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld: a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet the same basic health and safety standards as other kinds of ambulatory surgical centers, and another provision that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event a woman must seek hospital care due to post-abortion complications.
 
The brief urged the Supreme Court to uphold the 5th Circuit’s ruling and “affirm that the quality of medical care provided to women seeking abortion should not be any lower than the quality of care provided to women undergoing similar invasive procedures. The health and safety of all women should not be compromised.”
 
  • Pronunciation guide: Aden (A’-den), Kupec (CUE’-peck)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-02-04: ADF to US Supreme Court: Abortionists shouldn’t get free pass to risk women’s health, safety
  • 2015-11-13: US Supreme Court to weigh in on Texas law against cut-and-run abortionists
  • 2015-06-09: 5th Circuit upholds Texas law against cut-and-run abortionists
  • 2014-11-10: Pro-life groups, doctors ask 5th Circuit to uphold Texas law against cut-and-run abortionists

Commentary:
  • Casey Mattox: 20,000 problems facing abortion advocates at the Supreme Court (Federalist, 2016-03-01)
  • Kerri Kupec: Texas abortion case is women’s health ‘no-brainer’ (Daily Signal, 2016-03-01)
  • Alison Howard: Even without Scalia, Supreme Court has ample reason to affirm law protecting women’s health (Townhall, 2016-02-23)
  • Catherine Glenn Foster: A supreme opportunity to support women's health (Washington Examiner, 2016-02-11)
  • Elissa Graves: I am the first lawyer in my family – and I did it all without needing abortion (The Hill, 2016-01-25)

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