By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
The Supreme Court just declared unconstitutional the Texas law which requires abortion facilities to meet requirements as ambulatory surgical centers and requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The five-justice majority ruled the law placed an undue burden on a woman’s access to abortion. This ruling applies across the country, not just in Texas.
Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Alito dissented. Both dissenting opinions charge the Court with bending the rules because abortion was involved.
During the time the Texas law has been in effect, 23 out of 40 abortion facilities have stopped offering abortion and abortions have declined 14% in Texas. They have been declining across the country, but this is greater than average.
MCFL has filed a bill similar to the Texas law. The impetus was the fact that 70% of the Massachusetts voters who had a chance to vote on the wording voted in favor. The ruling would apply to our bill if it became law. Since there are still facilities and doctors in Massachusetts which may pose threats to the health of women, we’ll have to figure out other approaches to protect women.
We have always said that different rules apply when abortion is involved. Now it is right out front there at the Supreme Court!
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