The Supreme Court will decide one of the most important cases on abortion policy in recent years by the end of June.
The Supreme Court will decide one of the most important cases on abortion policy in recent years by the end of June. November 13th, the justices announced that they will decide whether to uphold parts of a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet basic health and safety standards and abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Known as H.B. 2, the Texas law requires, among other things, that abortion clinics meet the same regulations for cleanliness and safety as other outpatient surgical facilities and that doctors working in those clinics have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These provisions help to ensure that women are not subject to substandard conditions or practices that could jeopardize their health and even lives.
These regulations are common sense and much-needed policy measures. The dangerous, unsanitary conditions of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” shocked the nation when they came to light during his 2013 murder trial. But Gosnell’s clinic—though one of the more horrific—is not an outlier in the abortion industry.
Dozens of other abortion clinics across the country have faced investigations, complaints, and criminal charges. Many continue their life-ending work with little to no oversight or inspection.
While it claims to advocate for women, the abortion industry is often the one fighting reasonable laws to ensure its patients’ health and safety.
In Texas, abortion clinics have challenged parts of H.B. 2, arguing that the law unconstitutionally burdens women’s access to abortion because it will result in the closure, at least temporarily, of a number of abortion facilities that would fail to meet the new safety standards.