I've been following and writing about this case since it was being considered in the Texas legislature. Now it's being called the "biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years." On Monday, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a pro-life Texas law from going into effect, allowing the abortion industry to remain in its unregulated utopian death camp, walled off from basic health and safety standards, as the case likely comes before the High Court. It all began with Kermit Gosnell. The deadly abortionist (now convicted murderer) ran an abortion clinic infested with unsanitary conditions and safety violations that a hair solon couldn't get away with. He murdered babies born alive, snipping their necks, after botching abortions. A woman died under his "care" in unspeakable conditions. Texas, at the behest of a large majority of the people, enacted basic safety standards over abortion clinics. Abortion zealots exploded in the most virulent rage I've ever witnessed. They descended upon the Texas state house in hordes. They chanted, "Hail Satan," in an attempt to shut down the state legislature and defeat this bill. And for a short time, the pro-abortion mob succeeded, making it impossible for legislators to conduct the people's business. Once the unruly mob was removed, the legislature enacted the will of the people of Texas. Texas' pro-life law did 3 basic things. First, it banned abortions after 20-weeks. Surprisingly, this portion of the law remains unchallenged. A similar bill is being considered in the U.S. Senate after overwhelmingly, and in a bipartisan manner, passing the U.S. House of Representatives. (A fourth provision of the law requires FDA guidelines to be followed when administering abortion drugs, which was narrowed but mostly upheld even by the trial court.) Second, the Texas law required abortion clinics to maintain basic health and safety standards, similar to those required of hospitals and other medical facilities, to protect women's lives. The abortion industry opposed safety. Third, the law required that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to ensure that women injured in abortions and babies born alive after botched abortions (and both of these do happen) are able to be quickly admitted to the hospital and receive the lifesaving care that they so desperately need. Big abortion opposed protecting these women. Recently, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this law. Now the Supreme Court has temporarily put it on hold as this and other similar laws may soon come before the Court. As a result of this bill, the American public are beginning to see abortion's true colors (blood red) shine through. The abortion industry has refused to comply with these basic, commonsense health and safety standards. As a result, about half of the state's 41 abortion clinics have already closed. When these final challenged provisions go into effect, it is estimated that another half of the remaining clinics will be shut down because of the abortion industry's intractable refusal to comply with the law. Yet, they are actually using their refusal to comply with the law, which is in turn forcing their closure, to make the legal argument that there aren't enough abortion clinics left in the state to ensure women's "right" to abortion is maintained. The sheer (il)logic of this is mindboggling. They are essentially arguing in court that abortion clinics have a right to remain open regardless of what health and safety standards they refuse to comply with. Here's how their argument works. If you regulate us, we won't comply. Since we won't comply, the state will be forced to shut us down. Since there will be no abortion clinics left, women will be in danger and they will have their "right" to abortion denied. So the court must allow these (now unsafe) clinics to remain open and unregulated by even the most basic safety standards. What it reveals should be astonishing to a large majority of the American people who have been deceived by the abortion distortion. What the abortion industry is saying is we're not about safety; we're about death. It's saying we're not about women's health; we're about abortion. It's admitting we're not focused on "abortion care" but abortion profits. Big abortion cares about nothing more than death and profits. As this case comes before the Supreme Court, it will become more and more clear. This is a watershed moment for the abortion industry, for the American people who prefer life and have been lied to for so long, and for the unborn. At the ACLJ, we're preparing to file a critical amicus brief at the Supreme Court to defend life – to defend women and protect unborn babies from the horror of abortion. (You can add your name to our brief here.) This law and others like it are saving lives. It is estimated that this one law in one state could save 10,000 unborn babies alone, and it has become a model for pro-life legislation around the country. It could save the lives of countless women and babies all across America. It's time to expose the abortion industry's true agenda and start protecting women and children alike. Reprinted with permission from ACLJ.org.
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