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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court Decision

Editor   |   June 27, 2016

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CINCINNATI, OH (June 27, 2016) – Today a pro-life battle was lost in America’s highest court as the landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruled in favor of Whole Woman’s Health in a 5-3 decision.

In what has been dubbed the most significant abortion case in over two decades, the US Supreme Court dismissed Hellerstedt’s claim that all abortion facilities should meet basic patient safety criteria, while also continually improving their standards of care. Abortionists will not be required to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles.

This ruling permits the current 18 abortion facilities in Texas to remain open, without the necessity of meeting patient safety standards.

The implications of this case will be far reaching, as there are similar laws in Wisconsin and six southern states that have the potential of being struck down due to today’s ruling.

In response to the decision, Bradley Mattes, President and CEO of Life Issues Institute, stated, “The Court has deemed women are unworthy of a basic standard of healthcare when having an abortion. This is a tragic ruling for unsuspecting women who expect an adequate level of care. It’s certain that now they won’t receive it as the abortion industry is only interested in the bottom line.”

Mr. Mattes added, “The Court also sided with the abortion industry by striking a basic safety requirement for women should the unexpected happen—and it often does. Admitting privileges are crucial to facilitating a speeding transfer of care when things go desperately wrong. Women are now at the mercy of the abortionists.”

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