Thursday, March 27, 2014

Texas Abortion Regulations Upheld in Federal Appeals Court

According to this news article and this one, a federal court has upheld the new Texas regulations on abortion. Among these regulations are a requirement that doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and regulations on how abortion-inducing pills may be administered. Planned Parenthood had sued to block these regulations, claiming they would make abortions "virtually impossible" to get for thousands of Texas women and might jeopardize the health of these women. Today's court ruling was that the new regulations do "not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman."

I find it interesting that requiring a doctor performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges is so controversial. I don't actually consider these regulations to be pro-life, though they will most likely cause many abortion clinics to close or reduce the number of abortions they can provide. Planned Parenthood seems to think this is the case, seeing that they spent their money suing to block the regulations.

If the goal of PP and other abortion advocates is to have "safe" abortions (as they claim), one would think that upgrading abortion facilities to the level of any ordinary medical facility and having safeguards in place in case of an emergency would be a good thing. But they see these regulations as only an obstacle to be blocked in any way possible. Their concerns doesn't seem to be with the women's safety so much as their bottom line. Fewer abortions means less money in their pockets. That concerns them greatly. The fact that women have been getting abortions from second and third rate doctors who can't get admission privileges anywhere doesn't bother them. The fact that abortionists have been giving abortion-inducing pills with potentially life-threatening side-effects for the mother over webcams doesn't bother them. They just don't want any decrease in business.

Of course, abortion can't really be made safe since it's sole goal is to kill the unborn child. But this incident shows how false the "safe" abortion facade really is. For Planned Parenthood, it's not about making abortions safe. It's certainly not about making them rare. It's about having no restrictions on their butchering facilities so they can kill as many babies as possible while they rake in the money. Anyone who can't see that is blind.

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