Abortion Restrictions Texas

They chanted, “Hail Satan,” as they worshiped at the altar of abortion.

They tried to drown out the voice of the people to defeat a lifesaving law.  They failed.

This was the bill the Left abhorred, abortionists loathed, and the Culture of Death feared.

Today, the abortion industry’s grand attempts to bury a critical pro-life law in Texas went down in flames.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a pro-life law in Texas that requires abortion clinics to abide by basic safety standards and mandates that abortionists in those clinics have critical lifesaving hospital admitting privileges should they botch an abortion will go into effect.

This case delivers a major blow to the abortion industry.

The court said simply:

In plain terms, H.B. 2 and its provisions may be applied throughout Texas, except that Supreme Court precedent requires us to partially uphold the district court’s injunction of the [safety] requirement as applied to the Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility in McAllen, Texas, and to uphold the district court’s injunction of the admitting privileges requirement as applied to Dr. Lynn when he is working at the McAllen facility.

In other words, the entire attack on the law – which actually bans abortions after 20 weeks in Texas (the major portion of the law that was never challenged) – miserably failed.  Except for the safety requirements for one abortion clinic and the hospital admitting privileges for one abortionist at that abortion clinic, the entire law stands.  (Unfortunately, the court feels hamstrung by Supreme Court precedent as applied to this clinic.)

99% of this law goes into effect.  It’s a major win for the lives of unborn babies and a major defeat for the abortion industry that puts profits ahead of basic safety standards.

The result, many abortion clinics in Texas will be forced to shut down.  Lives will be saved.

At the ACLJ, we filed an amicus brief in this case cutting through the abortion industry’s deceptions and detailing the dangers of unregulated abortion.

This pro-life law serves as a model for the country and a retort to big abortion’s power.  This week, a similar law, banning late-term abortions, is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate after passing the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

Life is winning.  The Culture of Death is losing.

Matthew Clark is Senior Counsel for Digital Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and four children in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.