NATIONAL – STEVEN ERTELT JUN 30, 2016 | AUSTIN, TX
When the Supreme Court partly overturned Texas’ pro-life law protecting women and unborn childcare from unsafe abortion clinics that couldn’t follow the same health and safety standards as legitimate outpatient surgical clinics, pro-life advocates knew the law had been saving unborn babies from abortions. Now we know just how many.
According to new figures from the Texas health department — some 9,000 babies were saved from abortions under the pro-life law compared with the number of abortions the year before it went into effect. Undoubtedly more babies would have been saved every year in future years thanks to the pro-life law had not the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood decided to take it to court and the Supreme Court struck it down.
Here’s more from the liberal ABC News:
Abortions in Texas plummeted 15 percent during the first year after the Republican-controlled state passed tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has now struck down — the best indication yet of just how hard it had become to get an abortion in America’s second-largest state.
The health department released the statistics Thursday, after lengthy delays that the agency blamed on finalizing the data. But the American Civil Liberties Union recently accused officials of “concealing” the information.
The number of abortions in Texas has fallen every year since 2008, declining by nearly a third over that period. In all, a bit less than 55,000 abortions were performed in Texas in 2014, compared with nearly 64,000 the previous year and almost 81,600 as recently as 2008.
As LifeNews reported, the high court ruled 5-3 against the Texas pro-life law with Justice Stephen Breyer writing the decision. Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Breyer. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.
At issue in the ruling were two provisions–that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and that abortionists have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital for situations of medical emergencies.
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Justice Clarence Thomas, who authored the dissenting opinion, wrote, “Today the Court strikes down two state statutory provisions in all of their applications, at the behest of abortion clinics and doctors. That decision exemplifies the Court’s troubling tendency ‘to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.’”
He continued, “… today’s decision creates an abortion exception to ordinary rules of res judicata, ignores compelling evidence that Texas’ law imposes no unconstitutional burden, and disregards basic principles of the severability doctrine. I write separately to emphasize how today’s decision perpetuates the Court’s habit of applying different rules to different constitutional rights— especially the putative right to abortion.”
John Seago, the legislative director for Texas Right to Life, said the Supreme Court ruling will have a terrible effect on similar pro-life laws in other states that seek to protect women and unborn children.
“This dangerous SCOTUS ruling allows the abortion industry to challenge any safety laws by threatening to close rather than follow law,” Seago said.
The question now is whether the abortion industry will be able to open up more abortion clinics now that the law has been shelved. More clinics obviously equals more women and children injured and killed in abortions.