The following piece was written exclusively for Public Discourse.
The Supreme Court is a vote away from unraveling years of incremental pro-life legislation as it examines the case surrounding Texas’ abortion-safety law HB2. But holding the abortion industry to a high standard of care should not be controversial, as the health of real women is at stake.
The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments on a challenge to Texas’s abortion-safety law HB2. As is characteristic of pro-abortion arguments, the courtroom witnessed several obfuscations, misrepresentations, and outright falsehoods paraded as self-evident truths and garbed in their proponents’ sanctimonious self-assurance. But a clear-eyed assessment of the facts will clear the record.
Texas state legislators understood this bill’s purpose to be ensuring women’s health and safety in abortion transactions. Three key provisions of the bill aim at this object: the requirement that abortion doctors have admitting privileges to hospitals within thirty miles; the requirement that abortion facilities meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs); and the requirement that patients seeking drug-induced abortions take their pills over the course of two days at the ASC and receive them from a doctor.