By Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America
The Supreme Court handed down a horrible decision today on abortion and I’m angry. Why? Because women lost. Because children lost.
By throwing out common sense regulations that were meant to protect women from the predatory abortion business, five Supreme Court Justices put access to abortion over the safety of women. They put the bottom line over the safety of women.
The Supreme Court put aside the will of the people and a majority of our nation that agrees with these safety regulations and played politics with women’s lives.
This is an injustice.
I’m angry because we know that every time a mother walks into an abortion facility, she is betrayed. She is deceived into thinking abortion is her only option. She is deceived into thinking that her child growing inside of her is not worthy of life and protection.
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt means that parts of the Texas law that we lobbied so hard to pass back in 2013 was ruled unconstitutional. It means that abortion facilities in Texas won’t be beholden to the same safety standards as other surgical outpatient centers. Standards like making sure there are enough soap dispensers and that the hallways are wide enough for EMT gurneys to pass through.
This is a travesty.
The women of our nation have been told once again by the Supreme Court that we are nothing more than our uteruses. That our so-called “right to abortion” is more important that our safety.
This should never happen in our nation.
We know that every time a woman has an abortion, one precious life ends, and at Students for Life we are fighting to stop that. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the mother. Her life shouldn’t end because of her abortion. She doesn’t deserve the death penalty too.
For those who say that this law was simply a sham, I have two words for them: Kermit Gosnell.
Kermit Gosnell was able to legally operate an abortion facility in Philadelphia for more than four decades. And despite the fact that local doctors had stopped referring patients to him because women were coming back with STDS from dirty equipment, no one investigated him. Despite the fact that numerous inquiries had been made into the PA Department of Health, no one went into his facility. It took the death of a woman and a DEA drug raid to discover the truth about his House of Horrors.
Why? Because years earlier, Planned Parenthood and their allies in the pro-abortion movement lobbied against these types of common-sense regulations in the state of Pennsylvania.
Karnamaya Mongar died at the hands of Kermit Gosnell because Planned Parenthood and their allies put their financial self-interests ahead of commonsense safety standards.
Today, we know more women will continue to die, continue to contract diseases from unclean equipment, and continue to be forced into substandard abortion facilities.
However, I don’t want us to be angry for too long. Today we mourn; tomorrow we resume our fight.
Our mission at Students for Life is to our change our culture, starting with where the abortion industry most targets: our young people. We will continue this work and we know we are winning. We know the majority of Americans and millennials actually were in favor of the Texas law and are with us in our opposition to legal abortion. We are making an impact. We are changing our culture.