SUPREME STUPIDITY: Common Sense Health and Safety Requirements for Elective Abortion Struck Down by Supreme Court.
As a professional body of 4000 physicians and reproductive health care professionals, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists exists to defend both the lives of pregnant women and their unborn children. AAPLOG is greatly concerned about the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt, the Texas Clinic Regulations case. By striking down common sense health and safety regulations that apply to all standard surgical procedures, the Supreme Court has not only taken away the ability of State Governments to regulate the practice of medicine within their borders but has also made elective abortion mills exempt from controls of any kind.
This politically motivated decision by the Supreme Court will drastically reduce the safety of abortions across the country, as now abortion clinics and abortionists will be accountable to no one for the conditions inside their walls. Surgical abortion carries all the risks of any other surgery, and offices which perform abortion should have to meet the same safety standards as those who perform any other comparable surgery. Medical abortion frequently leads to severe hemorrhage resulting in the need for emergency surgery and transfusions. Today’s Supreme Court ruling means that abortion clinics across the nation are now permitted to be incapable of responding to these known and predictable surgical emergencies.
The people of Texas clearly wanted to protect women who undergo elective abortion from the Gosnell-type situations in which the woman's life is put in jeopardy by substandard conditions. The 5 unelected Justices in the Supreme Court today prevented the State of Texas from regulating the practice of medicine within Texas.
Abortionists do not face the kind of accountability and safety environments in which all other physicians operate. Today the Supreme Court made abortionists immune from peer accountability and immune from state regulation. This lack of accountability legally minimizes the safety of women undergoing abortion procedures.
Those who promote elective abortion as a "medical" procedure desire the status of medicine, without the responsibility of patient safety or accountability. This Supreme Court decision puts abortionists and their substandard practices above the law. This decision will effectively allow abortionists to practice without meeting basic safety requirements. If the Supreme Court really cared about women's health, this was an exceedingly stupid decision.
The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a professional organization of over 4000 Reproductive Health Care physicians, midwives and others across the country. AAPLOG exists to provide an evidence based defense of both the pregnant woman and her unborn child.
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