JUNE 28, 2016
The American College of Pediatricians looks toward the day when all children’s lives will be valued unconditionally from conception. We comment today because a group of non-physicians have placed ideology ahead of women’s health and perhaps lives. The Texas statute invalidated by the Supreme Court of the United States simply required abortion be regulated according to the standards applicable to all similar medical and surgical procedures. The rejection of this protection is an affront to women and a tribute to those who profit by endangering their lives. It is in this context that the College decries the Supreme Court’s decision to disregard the safety of women just as it does the lives of the infants they choose to terminate.
The College previously joined in an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that highlighted the state’s interest in protecting women. The Texas state law logically required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of an emergency, and also mandated that abortion clinics meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, stated, “By rejecting these reasonable medical standards in favor of abortion industry revenue, the Supreme Court has placed the health of all women, particularly adolescents, in jeopardy.”