by Melissa Barnhart
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Abortion clinics in Texas will have to comply with a new
state law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital
within 30 miles should a patient need emergency care. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday overruled Federal Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision in
which he ruled that part of the state’s abortion law is unconstitutional. For now, the
law stands until it’s argued before the Fifth Circuit in the coming months.
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights and
abortionists have argued that the state’s new abortion regulations would lead to a
majority of the state’s abortion clinics closing down. But according to Texas Right to
Life, abortionists have the power to meet the health and safety standards that are
required by law, if they want to.
“If you’re advocating against safety standards as a means of keeping more abortion
clinics open, then that doesn’t promote better health at all,” Emily Horne, legislative
associate with Texas Right to Life, told The Christian Post on Monday. “I can’t be OK
with saying ‘Well, we just better not pass any regulations because even if the
abortions are unsafe, they have to be available.”
She continued, “I can’t predict what the abortion clinics are going to do in the future.
It’s in their power to upgrade the facility standards. But you can’t advocate for more
abortions if you’re advocating against safety.”
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the-late Ann
Richards, a former governor of Texas, said in a Thursday statement that, “This fight is
far from over. This restriction clearly violates Texas women’s constitutional rights by
drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.”
In a statement shared with CP, Ashley McGuire of the Catholic Association
commented on the Fifth Circuit’s reversal noting, “The Court’s restoration of the
requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby
hospital is basic common sense, especially in the post-Gosnell era. Beginning today,
nearly one-third of abortion clinics in Texas cannot legally perform abortions. Whether
the law will continue to weather the courts, time will tell, but in the meantime –
countless lives will be saved and the health of many women will be
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — During the recent debate on the General Appropriations Act, several Republican Party members successfully defunded Planned Parenthood by $61 Million. The members’ actions diverted tax money from abortion procedures and instead funneled the funds to worthwhile programs such as Alternatives to Abortion.
The representattives who are credited for bringing the efforts to fruition are representatives Dwayne Bohac, Warren Chisum, Wayne Christian, Bryan Hughes, Jodie Laubenberg, Sid Miller, Jim Murphy, Charles Perry, Randy Weber, and Bill Zedler are all to be applauded for their cooperative efforts. This alliance of conservatives ensured that fewer taxpayer dollars go to abortion procedures.
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri stated, “I am proud of the dedication to life issues demonstrated by these representatives. Taxpayers have let us know they do not want their money to go to abortion providers. These Republicans responded to that call. Throughout the budget process, the obvious focus was on balancing Texas’ books and restricting government functions within Texas’ means. These members additionally realized the number of unborn lives at stake, and acted effectively.”
House Bill 1 is on its way to the Senate. After the Senate approves its own version of the budget, the two chambers will negotiate a final budget in conference committee.