June 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2015 CONTACT: Leah Brown 512.477.1244 (o)

In response to today’s Unites States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to stay the enforcement of the challenged stafety provisions of HB 2, Texas Alliance for Life issues the following statement attributed to Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life:

We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has temporarily prevented the enforcement of HB 2, which would improve safety standards at abortion facilities in Texas. Unfortunately, for the time being, women who do not have abortions at any of the nine operating ambulatory surgical centers that perform abortions will continue to be subjected to substandard medical care. We remain optimistic that the Supreme Court will uphold the safety standards in House Bill 2 if they even decide to take the appeal. For the time being the status quo remains in effect:

  1. Abortion-inducing drugs must continue to be administered according to the FDA regulations in the presence of a physician.
  2. The hospital admitting privileges rule continues to apply across the state, with an exception for the Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility in McAllen.
  3. The ambulatory surgical center safety requirements cannot be enforced anywhere in the state for 10 non-ASC abortion facilities.