Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Could Protect Alabama Clinics

abortionThe U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down abortion clinic regulations in Texas likely means the end of a similar law in Alabama.

Justices in a 5-3 decision Monday overturned a Texas law requiring admitting hospital privileges for abortion doctors and requiring surgical-like settings at clinics

Alabama legislators in 2013 passed a similar law. A federal judge in Alabama ruled the admitting privilege requirement was unconstitutional.

Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, called the Supreme Court decision a victory for women and abortion access.

Watson said she hoped the state’s attorney general office would abandon the effort to appeal the Alabama case.

If the admitting privilege requirement was enforced, as many as four of the state’s five abortion clinics would close.

Governor Robert Bentley on Monday issued a statement regarding his disappointment in the ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in Texas abortion clinic regulation.

“I am disappointed to see the U.S. Supreme Court make a political decision in their ruling of the Texas abortion clinic regulation. As a physician, I am concerned about the medical condition of all women, especially when a woman is facing a serious health procedure. In this Texas case, the Supreme Court is making a medical ruling, without any sound medical expertise. Requiring a doctor to have admitting privileges at a local hospital protects the doctor and the patient. In 2013, I signed into law the Women’s Health and Safety Act that requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same facility standards as ambulatory care centers, which include admitting privileges at local hospitals.

In February 2016, Alabama joined the filing of the Texas amicus brief because I support the regulating of unsafe health practices at women’s health clinics. The conscious decision to end human life should never be cause for celebration in a civilized society. There is value to all human life and all humanity.”

In response to the controversial Supreme Court ruling, State Rep. Ed Henry (R – Hartselle), released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court ruling in the Texas abortion case disregards the sanctity of unborn life and threatens the health and safety of women across the country. The current Supreme Court continues to erode our nation’s moral fabric and turns a blind eye to the fundamental constitutional principles its members are sworn to uphold. It is vitally important that we elect a president who will appoint strict constructionist legal scholars, not politically-motivated liberal hacks, to the highest court, and that is one of many reasons why I support Donald Trump for president.”

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