Not too many hours after a friend took this picture of me, high atop the steps of the United States Supreme Court building, a tragic decision was made inside this marble structure. On June 27th, the Court made a decision that reflects a lack of respect (or care) for women who are in crisis and also a lack of regard for the unborn children they carry. It was another win for the culture of death.
Pregnant women who are seeking an abortion cannot expect the same level of health standards that are required in a standard surgical procedure. Texas wanted to change that in their state and enacted a law known as House Bill 2 (HB2) that included provisions that required physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within a 30 mile radius and requiring abortion clinics to have facilities similar to outpatient surgical centers.
Wow, it seems like we wouldn’t even need a law to guarantee that these kinds of requirements would be met, but after the Kermit Gosnell trial revealed the horrors of the abortion industry, it was obvious that safety requirements needed to be put in place. But after the Supreme Court’s decision this month, those reasonable requirements will no longer be legally required.
The 3–5 decision on the case Whole Woman’s Health vs Hellerstedt made by the Supreme Court, reversed the 5th Circuit Court’s decision that determined that the requirements “were rationally related to a legitimate state interest,” namely, “rais[ing] the standard and quality of care for women seeking abortions and . . . protect[ing] the health and welfare of women seeking abortions.” And although that lower court recognized the common sense of these requirements for women’s health and safety, the Supreme Court overruled that decision.
Isn’t the question of women’s health and safety what started all of this? Remember when abortion advocates were pushing for “safe” and legal abortions rather than “back ally” abortions that endangered the life of the mother?
The SCOTUS decision is stunning and revealing. The culture of death continues to march ahead, ignoring life in the womb, and dismissing basic health protections for women.
I hope you’ll click the links below to read these two helpful and informative articles on this important decision:
In this culture of death, let’s clearly hold out Jesus’ offer of life for all who will receive:
[box]“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)[/box]