Abortion activists are rejoicing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law Monday that required abortionists to be prepared to help women suffering from potentially life-threatening emergency complications.
In doing so, these so-called women’s rights advocates made it clear that abortion access is a higher priority for them than the lives of vulnerable women and children.
Prominent pro-abortion groups, including NARAL and Planned Parenthood, celebrated the news of the Louisiana abortion clinics’ victory over state health regulations while trying to spin the situation to claim America still has too many abortion restrictions.
“While this one restriction was defeated, for far too many people access to abortion still remains a right on paper only — and people of color and people with low incomes will continue to carry the heaviest burdens because of racist and discriminatory barriers to care,” Planned Parenthood’s political arm wrote on Twitter.
Actually, black women have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups, and they have suffered complications and even died along with their unborn babies in botched abortions. Tonya Reaves is one of them.
Still, abortion activists claimed to care about women in their reactions Monday. Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, expressed similar thoughts to Planned Parenthood while warning about the impact of the November election on the abortion issue.
“This is great news, but the battle continues, folks. As long as [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh is on the bench, our rights are on the line—and we need your help to flip the Senate,” Hogue wrote on Twitter.
Justices Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both nominees of President Donald Trump, dissented from the majority opinion, joining Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. However, Chief Justice John Roberts, a nominee of President George W. Bush, sided with the liberal justices in the case, June Medical Services v. Russo.
Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, the pro-abortion legal group that challenged the law, said much the same thing as Hogue and Planned Parenthood — almost as if the groups coordinated talking points.
“We’re relieved that the Louisiana law has been blocked today but we’re concerned about tomorrow. With this win, the clinics in Louisiana can stay open to serve the 1 million women of reproductive age in the state,” Northup said in a statement. “But the court’s decision could embolden states to pass even more restrictive laws when clarity is needed if abortion rights are to be protected.”
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The 2014 Louisiana law at the center of the case required abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges to treat patients with emergency complications. If allowed to take effect, it could have closed shoddy abortion facilities that are not prepared to help patients suffering from potentially life-threatening complications.
But abortion activists with Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights claimed the law is an “undue burden” on access to abortion, and a majority of the Supreme Court justices agreed.
The court’s opinion, led by Justice Stephen Breyer, “found that conditions on admitting privileges common to hospitals throughout the State have made and will continue to make it impossible for abortion providers to obtain conforming privileges for reasons that have nothing to do with the State’s asserted interests in promoting women’s health and safety.”
Writing the dissent, Justice Thomas explained the heart of the problem with the court’s decision: a fabricated right to the unlimited, unrestricted killing of unborn babies forced upon Americans by the highest court in the land.
“Today a majority of the court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction,” Thomas wrote. “But today’s decision is wrong for a far simpler reason: The Constitution does not constrain the States’ ability to regulate or even prohibit abortion. This Court created the right to abortion based on an amorphous, unwritten right to privacy.”
Though abortion activists and so-called women’s rights leaders complain about abortion restrictions, America actually has very few. The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion prior to viability.
With the Supreme Court ruling on Texas and Louisiana health and safety regulations, it appears states now are very limited when it comes to protecting women from shoddy abortion practices, too.
Yet, there is strong evidence that the billion-dollar abortion industry puts profits ahead of people’s lives, including the women it claims to help.
As the case progressed to the Supreme Court, two starling revelations occurred.
In November, the Louisiana Department of Justice announced suspicions about alleged criminal activity that may have happened at the Hope Medical Group, the abortion facility involved in the lawsuit. It accused the abortion facility of hiding evidence of criminal and professional misconduct from the Supreme Court. The state asked the Fifth Circuit to unseal documents in the closely-watched case.
A few weeks later, a Fifth Circuit ruling suggested one abortionist in the state may be performing abortions that lead to second-trimester babies being born alive.
The shocking revelations are reminiscent of the horrors that were uncovered at a Philadelphia abortion facility nearly a decade ago. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell later was convicted of murdering three newborn babies, contributing to a woman’s death and numerous other crimes at his “house of horrors” abortion facility.
The Gosnell horrors were a key reason why states have passed abortion clinic regulations. Gosnell got away with his gristly, murderous abortion practice for decades because Pennsylvania failed to inspect his abortion facility for almost 17 years.