Yesterday, Texas Values President and Attorney Jonathan Saenz was inside the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments for the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, the challenge to Texas’ HB 2 which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 with bi-partisan support of Texas lawmakers to enforce basic health and safety standards on abortion clinics.
Texas Values submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court for the case on behalf of Texas Values and 3801 Lancaster Film Project in support of upholding the HB 2 law. The award winning film, 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy, is a documentary on abortionist Kermit Gosnell whose horrific practices and lack of health and safety standards led to the death, disease, and depression of women and children, born and unborn. The story brought national attention to the issue of health and safety standards of abortion clinics. Read the Texas Values and 3801 Lancaster Film Project amicus brief here.
Texas Values attorney Jonathan Saenz was in the courtroom for yesterday’s oral arguments and is available for comment and analysis.
Jonathan Saenz made this statement on yesterday’s oral arguments:
“It was clear that the motivation for HB 2, the horrific acts against women by abortionist Kermit Gosnell as highlighted in our legal brief, was an issue the liberal justices wanted to down play. They refused to even say the name “Gosnell” during oral argument even though Texas talked about his deadly clinic throughout the high Court proceedings. I predict Texas will win this case and it will be a Texas Independence Day for women that we will all remember.”
Other groups submitted amicus briefs, some of which were cited during oral arguments, in favor of upholding HB 2’s health and safety provisions. Those groups include National Right to Life, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, University Faculty for Life and Texas Alliance for Life, Former Abortion Providers; Post-Abortive Women and their Families; National Association of Pro-Life Nurses; and National Association of Catholic Nurses, The State of Wisconsin, Catholic Conference of Bishops; Texas Catholic Conference, National Association of Evangelicals, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, and The American Center for Law and Justice, the Texas Conservative Coalition; and the Houston Coalition for Life. View all the briefs here.
We thank Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller for their leadership in defending this important law