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 — Lawmakers have once again submitted the “Florida for Life Act” to the Florida Legislature. If enacted, the bill would make abortions not related to medical emergencies a first-degree felony, and any person who operates an abortion-performing facility would be imprisoned for life. Below are excerpts of the bill.
INDUCED ABORTION PROHIBITED.— (Page 9 of 30)
(a) Induced abortion for any purpose is unlawful. Any person who induces, performs, attempts to perform, or assists another in the performance of an induced abortion on another person commits a felony of the first degree.
(b) Any person who during the course of performing an induced abortion on another person inflicts serious bodily injury on the person commits a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life.
(c) Any person who during the course of performing an induced abortion on another person inflicts serious bodily injury on the person which results in the death of the person commits a life felony.
(3) OPERATING ABORTION SERVICES PROHIBITED.—A person who operates any facility, business, or service from any location within this state for the purpose of providing induced abortion services commits a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life.