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WASHINGTON, D.C. - This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, a case in which the constitutionality of a Texas law (H.B. 2) upholding health and safety standards at abortion facilities in that state has been challenged. The Texas law requires that abortion facilities be held to the same standard as surgical centers and that abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital not further than thirty miles from the abortion facility.
Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, released the following statement:
"I urge the Supreme Court justices to decide in favor of women's health and uphold the current regulations in Texas for the state's abortion facilities. We commend the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for upholding a law that puts the health and safety of vulnerable women first and urge the nation's highest court to recognize the validity of H.B. 2.
"The health and safety of women must remain at the forefront of the Supreme Court's decision. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell's facility was not inspected for seventeen years, and as a result one woman died there and others were injured, in addition to the countless babies who suffered cruel deaths at his hands. Abortion facilities must not get a free pass. The Texas law protects women by requiring that abortion facilities and abortionists be held to the same standards and regulations as other health facilities. The state has a vested interest in protecting the health and safety of women and their children," concluded Grossu.