WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a 5-3 decision in the case WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH v. HELLERSTEDT, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Fifth Circuit decision and found that Texas’ requirement that abortion facilities meet ambulatory surgical standards and their physicians have admitting privileges is an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortion.
Deanna Wallace, Louisiana Right to Life’s Legislative Director and an attorney, said the following after hearing the Court’s decision was announced:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a disappointment and my sentiments echo those of Justice Thomas and the late Justice Scalia that the court’s pro-abortion majority will alter the rules of the process when any effort to limit abortion is at is hand.
“The exact legal ramifications of this decision on Louisiana’s Act 490 are unclear at this time, as the Court relied heavily on Texas’ specific factual findings in the District Court regarding the number of clinics affected by the admitting privileges law. While this ruling doesn’t automatically invalidate Louisiana’s admitting privilege law, today’s decision does not predict a favorable forecast for its future.”
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, added:
“With this decision, the Supreme Court gives license to abortion businesses to operate as they see fit, binding a state’s hands to protect the safety of women. When abortion businesses aren’t held to the same standards as other providers, the health of Louisiana women is put at risk. Loopholes for abortion businesses are unacceptable to the citizens of Louisiana and their duly-elected legislators.
“While we are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision, we here at Louisiana Right to Life will continue to work with the Legislature and Gov. Edwards to enact common-sense regulations that will protect both women and their unborn children from the unscrupulous and profit-driven abortion industry.”