Should Abortion clinics be forced to abide by state and federal laws?
Abortionists have never liked obeying the rules and laws and have fought to change the laws to allow them to carry out their lawless butchery of the unborn. Prior to 1970, most states had laws banning abortion, making the first-degree murder of babies a crime, unless the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
During these years, women who wanted to murder their babies had to either find a ‘back-alley’ abortionist or travel to another nation that did allow for legal abortions. Sadly, ‘back-alley’ abortionists had to hide, so they didn’t have clinics that were held to certain medical standards. They were often referred to as butchers and many women were injured or died, causing an outcry among liberals, who used the filthy ‘back-alley’ butchers to push to make abortion legal to eliminate the butchers and save the lives of women.
Beginning in 1969, some women began challenging state abortion laws, until one case landed on the footsteps of the US Supreme Court who ruled in 1973 with a 7-2 vote, that abortion was a fundamental right guaranteed by the US Constitution. Just like when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, state laws banning abortion were basically declared to be unconstitutional.
Since that infamous day, just over 60 million babies have been brutally murdered in the United States, but conservatives who believe that abortion is still murder have continued to fight and find ways to stop the inhuman practice of sacrificing unborn children.
Some states have passed laws trying to restrict abortions after a specific length of pregnancy. The Mississippi legislature is currently planning on introducing a bill that that would ban abortions at just 15-weeks of pregnancy. Although the bill has yet to be introduced, opposition is already preparing a legal challenge, claiming the bill is unconstitutional. One supporter of the bill says that the 2006 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, in which the high court ruling banned partial birth abortions supports the proposed bill.
Other states have used another method to save babies and protect the lives of women by passing laws that require abortion clinics to maintain certain medical and surgical standards. Ohio was one such state which passed a law requiring any facility that performed any type of outpatient surgical procedure to have a contractual relationship with a local hospital in case of any emergency procedures. This law included abortion clinics.
Many local hospitals refuse to enter into any such contractual agreements with abortion clinics as they do not want to be liable for anything the clinic does wrong, and many of them do have a reputation of doing things wrong.
The Capital Care Network, a clinic in Toledo that performs abortions among other things, was not able to secure a contract with a local hospital in accordance with the law so the Ohio Department of Health Licenses was forced to revoke the license of the Toledo abortion clinic.
The clinic fought to stay open and continue their baby butchering practices by filing a legal challenge against the law, claiming it was unconstitutional and was aimed directly at abortion clinics, proving they cared more about killing babies than the safety and health of women.
The lawsuit was filed in 2013 and worked its way through the court system until landing with the Ohio State Supreme Court, who just ruled that the state law was fair and that the abortion clinic must abide by state law.
The ruling does not mean the clinic will have to shut down. It does mean that they are no longer licensed to perform standard abortions, BUT they will be allowed to perform chemical induced abortion, since these are not considered to be a surgical procedure.
The Greater Toledo Right to Life organization responded by saying that the court’s ruling will save the lives of hundreds of babies. They said based on 2016 figures, the clinic performed 1144 abortions, of which 898 were surgical abortions, a practice they are no longer allowed to do. Saving one innocent unborn child is worth it, but saving nearly a thousand is fantastic.
Hopefully, more states will follow Ohio’s example and pass similar laws that will save hundreds and thousands more babies.