Austin, TX, June 9, 2015 – Today the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld contested provisions of the 2013 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, HB 2, ruling that abortion facilities must comply with ambulatory surgical center standards. These safety standards are needed steps to protect women who go into abortion facilities from being less likely to jeopardize their own lives.
Because the law is being upheld, we will likely see the 49 licensed abortion clinics be reduced to 8, which will decrease the number of innocent children being subjected to abortion and the damaging impacts of abortion on women. Last year, the 5th Circuit upheld portions of the law requiring that doctors performing abortions must have admitting provisions at a nearby hospital and a provision that tightens safety guidelines for the abortion drug RU486.
Jonathan Saenz, Attorney and President of Texas Values stated:
“Today we are thankful that the 5th Circuit upheld a law that protects both women and children. The court’s decision ensures that abortion clinics must uphold basic health standards, standards that are required of other surgical centers in the state. Texas cannot allow abortion facilities to get by with lower standards and higher health risks that endanger women. Texas values life and this responsible step by the court further validates the fine work of our state leaders, including now Gov. Greg Abbott and former Gov. Rick Perry, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.”
The Texas Values team was instrumental in the passage of HB 2 during the 2013 special legislative session.