In what could be the abortion legal battle of the decade, the U.S. Supreme Court decided last month to weigh-in on the Texas abortion regulation law. The case will have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for women’s health. It will determine whether the unregulated and unaccountable abortion industry will be able to continue business as usual, ignoring the health of women in pursuit of profits.
The Supreme Court’s decision on the case could have a domino effect on similar laws in other states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, and Virginia. It will set an important precedent for the amount of oversight states will be allowed to have over the abortion industry.
The recent videos revealing the Planned Parenthood organ harvesting scandal are just one illustration of how the abortion industry needs greater oversight and accountability, not less.
The Texas abortion regulations were passed by the Texas State Legislature in the summer of 2013 and signed into law by then-Governor Rick Perry. The law requires that all clinics adhere to the basic facility standards set for an ambulatory surgical center. It also requires that abortionists have admitting privileges to a near-by hospital in the event that life-threatening complications should arise. Most abortion clinics in the State have since shut down because they were unable, or unwilling, to comply with these basic health regulations.
Allowing abortion businesses to operate without having to adhere to the basic standards required of all ambulatory surgical health facilities clearly places mothers’ health at risk, reduces the standard of women’s health care, and jeopardizes countless unborn lives.
In some circumstances, induced abortion can permanently harm a woman’s health and can place her life at risk. There is no doubt that abortion becomes increasingly more risky for the mother at later gestations.
According to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official journal of the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, mothers who had a legal abortion in the 11th and 12th weeks of gestation were more than three times more likely to die from the procedure than mothers who had their legal abortion in the eighth week or earlier and were up to 30 times more likely to die if the abortion was done between the 16th and 20th week.
Another study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that abortions carried out using RU-486 were more likely to result in incomplete abortion when used at later gestations. Women also reported noticeably more adverse symptoms and pain at later gestations and women who used the abortion drug after 7 weeks gestation (8-9 weeks) were twice as likely to have been hospitalized, required a surgical intervention, or required intravenous fluid than the less than 7 weeks group.
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