Time to End “Back-Alley Abortion Clinics”

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Rally in Support of Texas Woman’s Health Law to be Held at the Supreme Court During Oral Arguments 

Washington, D.C. – Statement by Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America at the United States Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in favor of Texas’ sensible clinic regulations.

“I want to thank each of you for being here today. This is an historic day in the fight for civil rights. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been proud to see you here!

“If they were alive today, suffragists like Susan B. Anthony would be standing in this podium cheering you on today.

“Because, today, we are standing up for equality!

“It is simply appalling that abortionists and abortion supporters insist on treating women like second-class citizens.

“Why don’t they want to give women the highest quality care available? Why do they stand in the way of progress? Why would they continue to put women’s lives at risk for the sake of political ideology?

“This case is not about abortion. This case is about making sure women receive the best care available, even when they choose to have an abortion.

“We live in a post-Gosnell world. If the abortion industry truly cared about women, they would be standing right here with us today, demanding women be treated with respect and dignity. We should be united on this.

“But the abortion industry has, once again, been exposed for the sham that it is. They don’t care if their policies enable the Gosnell’s of the world. They are perfectly fine with allowing Gosnell-like doctors to operate in unsanitary conditions, risking women’s lives every time a complication arises, and yes, even discriminating base on the patient’s race.

“If you remember, Gosnell had a more “sanitized” room for his “white” patients. The filthier one he reserved especially for minority women, because he thought they were less likely to complain to the authorities.

“And the Gosnell clinic operated unsupervised for fifteen long, treacherous years.

“Finally, the investigation which uncovered everything (which only opened because it was part of a drug bust, by the way) revealed the clinic had not been inspected precisely because of the political pressure that our good friends on the other side place on states like Texas, taking them all the way to their friends at the Supreme Court if they have to.

“After dealing with the Gosnell case, District Attorney Seth Williams, who is not a pro-life activist like me, marveled that, “There’s more oversight for women’s hair salons than for abortion clinics in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

“Well, God bless Texas! Anyone from Texas here?

“God bless Texas because it refuses to be the next Pennsylvania, waiting until another woman’s death before pushing back on this political correct nonsense.

“God bless Texas because it refuses to put women at risk by leaving them to the mercy of self-regulating abortionists.

“God bless Texas for standing up to the political bullies of the abortion lobby for the sake of our daughters.

“God bless Texas for leading the way to the next frontier of the civil rights movement: the fight for the sanctity of every human life and the intrinsic value of the individual.

“We urge the Supreme Court Justices to resist the temptation to play super-legislature once again on the issue of abortion. Nothing in the Constitution warrants that they substitute their policy judgment for that of Texas. They should not stand in the way of commonsense measures that protect women in crisis pregnancies.

“Abortion doctors and abortion clinics must provide quality care to their patients. There is nothing unreasonable about that, and women deserve no less.

“It is time to end these “back-alley abortion clinics!”

“And for the Supreme Court to stand in the way of that effort would be not only unconstitutional, it would be unconscionable, inhumane, discriminatory, and immoral.”


For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.