Supreme Court to Decide Whether There Is a Constitutional Right to an Unsafe Abortion, Observes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Nov 16, 2015, 13:53 ET from Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Abortion supporters might think they have a majority of votes on the U.S. Supreme Court to expand Roe v. Wade to include a constitutional right to potentially unsafe abortions, as that would explain why they petitioned for the writ of certiorari that was granted last Friday.  This new case on the Court's docket, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, is poised to be the biggest expansion in abortion since Roe v. Wade, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

No longer can anyone take seriously the pro-abortion phrase that abortion should be "legal, safe and rare."  The petitioners in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole seek a right to perform abortions at clinics that are not as well-equipped as ambulatory surgery centers, by abortionists who have not obtained nearby hospital privileges to handle complications, observes AAPS.

In other words, should the future Kermit Gosnells have a constitutional right to perform abortions at an unsafe clinic without being able to provide follow-up care at a local hospital?  Gosnell was the notorious abortionist who ran a "House of Horrors" abortion clinic that killed newborns and caused the death of a mother too.  The Supreme Court will consider taking sides with the Gosnells of the world, in the opinion of AAPS.

Abortion-supporting groups proclaim that death from abortion is "only" 6 women per 1 million abortions, but those are merely the reported deaths, and the fatalities are by no means the only concern.  As many as 2 out of every 1,000 abortions result in major complications, such as hospitalization, blood transfusions, or surgery, according to one recent authoritative study.

Texas HB 2, which is challenged in this case, established common-sense protections for women to reduce the "dumping" of abortion victims on hospitals where the abortionist who caused the injury does not even have medical staff privileges.

"The common practice of abortionists flying into a state to do one abortion after another, and then flying to out leave the complications for another physician to clean up and for the community to pay for, is harmful to women, and HB 2 helped reduce it," observed AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly.  "Abortion clinics should be shouldering the expense of their complications, and not cost-shifting this onto the backs of the public," he added.

"There is no constitutional right to escape laws that help prevent abortion-related tragedies," Schlafly said.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943. Its motto is omnia pro aegroto, everything for the patient.


SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)