FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 703-380-6674
Texas Law Protecting Health & Safety of Women is Reasonable & Necessary
Washington, D.C. – Susan B. Anthony List and its education arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, have each filed joint amicus briefs in the potential landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Oral argument will be heard today in the case, which involves a Texas law designed to provide equal protection for the health and safety of women inside the state’s abortion facilities. This is the first time in almost a decade (Gonzales v. Carhart in 2007) that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a case regarding abortion regulations.
“The Kermit Gosnell case in Philadelphia, among many others, sheds light on the urgent need to establish effective health and safety standards for the abortion industry. This is an industry that puts profits over people, and cannot be trusted to self-regulate,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List.
Dannenfelser briefly summarized the amicus brief submitted by Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America:
“The Texas law does not discriminate against women, as the abortion industry argues. Rather, to fail to protect women because of some presumed special nature of abortion is itself a form of discrimination. To afford women less concern than would be applied in situations involving procedures applicable only to men or other groups – that is what very clearly puts abortion ideology ahead of women’s well-being.
“Texas, indeed all states, have a compelling interest in protecting women from the abortion industry – an institution that does not respect all human life and blatantly refuses to make investments in women’s safety and well-being.”
Charlotte Lozier Institute, Students for Life, and CitizenLink also filed an amicus brief, documenting the decline in demand for abortions across the country:
“No one denies that abortion facility closures are happening almost everywhere, but there are a multitude of reasons for these closures. Abortion in general is on the decline with an increasingly pro-life public and more willingness among women to carry unexpected pregnancies to term. Ironically, Planned Parenthood’s business model of building mega-clinics in urban areas is eating up the already declining market share of abortions and forcing smaller clinics to close,” said CLI president Chuck Donovan.
Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute have documented 10 pages of abortion industry negligence and abuse in only the last eight years. The fact sheet is available here.
The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $16.71 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.