ARLINGTON, VA (June 27, 2016) — Statement from Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today in the Texas abortion facility regulations case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Live Action’s amicus brief to the Supreme Court detailed the need for such regulations, citing several incidents of ethical, health, and safety violations it found during its own undercover investigations. The statement:
“The Supreme Court has put women and preborn children in further danger with its decision to strike down basic health and safety standards for abortion facilities. The nightmares – from filthy, unsanitary equipment to women’s deaths – will continue at abortion facilities that remain virtually unregulated.
“The justices who have chosen to strike down Texas’s law reveal their extreme pro-abortion bias, going so far as to reject the established authority of states to enact laws to ensure the safety of their own citizens. Just as it did with its unjust decision in Roe v. Wade, the court has once again refused to recognize the basic human rights of the preborn child or the grave indignity that abortion does to women.
“Polls show that people’s hearts and minds are changing on abortion as science now shows that human life begins at conception, but the court remains stuck in the anti-science, pro-abortion ideology of the 1970s.
“While no woman or preborn child is safe in an abortion facility, it ought to raise huge red flags that the abortion industry — while claiming the banner of ‘women’s health’ — is willing to compromise women’s safety by refusing to meet the same basic health and safety standards that most medical centers do. These types of laws are ones that everyone should be able to agree on.
“As Justice Alito wrote in his dissent, Kermit Gosnell’s abortion house of horrors would have been closed down, and a woman’s and three infants’ lives would have been saved if these laws were in place in his state. It’s tragic and unjust that the Supreme Court refuses to acknowledge that abortion is a violent and brutal act against women and a horrific human rights abuse against children, stripping children of their first human right, which is life.”
Live Action’s investigations have shown that the abortion industry can’t be left to police itself, as it has repeatedly put its own interests above the safety of its clients. Live Action investigations have uncovered abortionists repeatedly lying to women about the potential risks and complications of abortion and about how developed their babies were. Live Action has uncovered abortionists admitting that they would refuse to perform life-saving procedures on babies born alive from botched abortions.