Texas is again at the forefront of the continuing national debate over abortion. In January 1973, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ prohibition on abortion in Roe v. Wade, unleashing an extreme abortion-on-demand agenda that has claimed more than 50 million children and left millions of American women at the mercy of an under-scrutinized, inadequately regulated, and profit-driven abortion industry. However, another Texas abortion law may soon offer the Court a chance at judicial redemption.
Abortion advocates have recently filed two lawsuits against a 2013 Texas law mandating that abortion clinics meet the same basic health and safety standards as facilities performing other outpatient surgeries, requiring that abortion providers maintain hospital admitting privileges, and prohibiting “webcam abortions” and the unapproved use of the dangerous abortion drug RU-486.
The Fifth Circuit in New Orleans has already upheld Texas’ admitting privileges mandate and its regulations on the use of RU-486, noting that these requirements secure “desirable protection of abortion patients’ health.” Abortion advocates must soon decide whether or not to ask the Supreme Court to review this decision.