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Diocese News 6.27.2016

In a 5-3 decision, SCOTUS rules to strike down Texas HB2

The US Supreme Court has decided, in a 5-3 decision, to strike down Texas HB2, a law that protects women’s safety while seeking an abortion. The Texas State Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB2. The main purpose of HB2 is to secure surgical center, health and safety standards for women seeking an abortion.

"The Court has rejected a common-sense law protecting women from abortion facilities that put profits above patient safety," said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. "The law simply required abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers – standards like adequate staffing, soap dispensers, and basic sanitary conditions. It required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and that hallways be wide enough to allow emergency personnel through with stretchers, should a life-threatening emergency arise."

"Abortion claims the lives of unborn children, and too often endangers their mothers, as well," McQuade added. "This ruling contradicts the consensus among medical groups that such measures protect women's lives."

Surgical abortion is an invasive procedure that poses numerous and serious medical complications. The state has a legitimate interest in ensuring the maximum level of safety for the woman subjected to the procedure and that viable emergency care is available if complications such as hemorrhage, infection, uterine perforation, blood clots, cervical tears, or allergic reactions occur. It is irresponsible for physicians to perform this procedure without being able to provide follow-up treatment for the associated complications.

The Catholic Church in Texas, in communion with millions of Catholics and other pro-life people across America and the world, will continue our efforts to protect life and human dignity from conception to natural death.

Sources -, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops