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Supreme Court Set To Determine Future of Abortion Industry

Media Advisory: Contact Americans United for Life for Analysis of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt when Case Announced 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-21-16) – In advance of the potentially ground-breaking, life-related case before the Supreme Court, Americans United for Life Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke detailed the issues at stake for women in an op-ed at The Daily Caller titled, “Supreme Court Set to Determine Future of Abortion Industry.” She wrote, “Should a woman undergoing an abortion be guaranteed the same basic medical safety as a man undergoing a vasectomy?  Should both facilities – the abortion clinic and the outpatient surgical center – be required to follow medically endorsed standards for competence and cleanliness?

“To most Americans, the answers to these questions are self-evident, but these are exactly the questions before the Supreme Court as it decides its most consequential abortion case in decades.  In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a profit-motivated abortion industry has challenged a 2013 Texas law requiring it to comply with health and safety standards that are enforced against other outpatient facilities performing invasive surgical procedures, as well as mandating that increasingly itinerant abortion providers maintain admitting privileges at local hospitals to facilitate emergency care and the treatment of post-abortive complications.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: AUL Experts available for interviews on the issues at stake in the Texas case:

AUL Acting President and CEO Clarke Forsythe, foremost legal expert on abortion law, author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, published by Encounter Books in 2013. His 27 years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics and arguing cases before federal and state courts as well as testifying before Congress and state legislatures.

AUL Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke, editor ofDefending Life, author of much of AUL’s life-affirming legislation including abortion provider health and safety standards, and co-signer of AUL’s amicus brief filed in the Texas case.

AUL attorney Anna Paprocki, contributing author to Defending Life, co-author of AUL’s Constitutional Law and Abortion primer for law school students, and a leading expert on Planned Parenthood’s predatory corporate practices.

In the article, Burke notes that the financial motives of the abortion industry are an important part of this story. “This much-anticipated ruling will determine whether the nation’s abortion clinics can continue to enjoy high profit margins while keeping patient care standards low.  At stake for American women is whether the abortion industry will be required to live up to their claims about concern for and attention to women’s health by actually prioritizing the protection of women’s safety.”

To read the entire article, click here.

To learn more about the health risks of abortion for women, click here.

To learn more about AUL’s engagement with the Texas case, click here.