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ACRU: Ruling Shows Mothers Are ‘Apparently Expendable’

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U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion striking down health regulations on Texas abortion clinics will harm, not help women, group says.

ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 27, 2016) —- The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling against a Texas law that requires abortionists to abide by standard medical clinic rules is “a defeat for common sense and good medical practice,” said Susan A. Carleson, chairman/CEO of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), which filed a brief in support of the law.

Submitted by ACRU Fellow Ken Klukowski on behalf of Concerned Women for America and the Susan B. Anthony List, the amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt contends that failure to adopt basic medical clinic rules, such as requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, harms the clinics’ clients and puts mothers and babies at risk.

“While the pro-life movement wants to protect both mother and baby, the pro-abortion movement has signaled that mothers are also apparently expendable,” said ACRU Chairman/CEO Susan A. Carleson.

“This reasonable law was intended to protect the life and health of mothers,” she added. “We have to wonder why the pro-choice movement that constantly insists that they care about the ‘life and health’ of the mother would oppose such common-sense medical regulations.”

Far from eliminating discrimination against women, as opponents allege, the absence of the law would result in “subjecting women to healthcare that is of inferior quality to that enjoyed by men in the state of Texas,” the ACRU brief states.