Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Monday's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law on health standards within the abortion industry by arguing that organizations such as Planned Parenthood put profit before women and do not care about their safety.
"Three years ago I stood on the steps of the Capitol with our now Governor Greg Abbott urging for the passage of this bill, and I think this is a sad day not only for the state of Texas, but for women," Jeffress said on Fox News after the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down key components of Texas's House Bill 2 that required abortion clinics to have sterilized surgical facilities and abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
"Look, all this bill did was ask that abortion providers have at least the same standards as surgical centers," he added. more >>
Monday's Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas law that requires abortion clinics to have sterilized surgical facilities and abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is a sign that the abortion industry is getting a "free pass" on critical medical safety standards, prominent pro-life activists are saying.
In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down two key components of Texas' House Bill 2. The high court ruled that the law's requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals and abortion clinics be regulated as surgical centers was a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
"It sets a national precedent because it is a 5-3 decision," Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told The Christian Post on Monday. "We think what it means is that states are not able to pass reasonable safety standards to regulate abortion facilities, to bring them up to the same standards of care that patients enjoy for similar procedures other than abortion." more >>
The Eight-Member U.S. Supreme Court struck down two key parts of Texas' controversial abortion facility regulation legislation, commonly known as HB 2.
In a 5-3 decision, the highest court in the land concluded that the Texas' law's demand that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges and that clinics be regulated as surgical centers violated the U.S. Constitution.
Justice Stephen Breyer authored the majority opinion, being joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented. more >>
One day this month, most likely a Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The case centers on a Texas law defining minimum health and safety standards for abortion practices, which abortion providers have sued to halt.
A remarkable Texas woman, the author of state law HB 2, stands at the center of the controversy. For years working in a family-owned tech company with her husband Robert, Jodie Laubenberg transitioned for some years to a larger role: raising their young children. Then in 2002, when two pro-choice politicians were the only candidates in her district, she ran for state representative and won. Yet her biggest battle came a decade later.
To share her story firsthand, Texas State Rep. Laubenberg recently joined a conference call with Texas Loves Life — a coalition committed to pray for life to be upheld in this case. With Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE moderating, Laubenberg reveals events behind-the-scenes in this Texas-sized clash … and how concern for women guides her pro-life leadership. more >>
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the Department of State Health Services in Texas of purposely withholding state abortion statistics for 2014.
The Department of State Health Services has indicated that the number of abortions performed in Texas declined in 2014, but has not yet made their full report public. The ACLU is insisting that the state release the 2014 report and suggested they are willing to pursue legal action. This story has been reported by a number of news outlets including The Texas Tribune and Politico.
The 2014 data are interesting for a variety of reasons. The year 2014 marks the first full year during which the state implemented provisions of the abortion law known as HB2. HB2 was passed by the Texas legislature in 2013 and was the same bill that motivated then-State Senator Wendy Davis to launch an extensive filibuster in the Texas State Senate. HB2 requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. It also requires clinics to maintain the same standards as an ambulatory surgical center. more >>
Kids once learned lessons about life through books. That's still the case for many children, but for the rest of them, movies have helped fill the gap.
That can be scary thought when you consider what Hollywood is putting in theaters, but for families who watched Finding Dory — which set an opening-weekend box office record for an animated movie — it's a good thing.
The Disney/Pixar flick is full of positive life lessons for both children and adults, as I discovered when I took my 8-year-old son to it on opening night. As we drove home, he and I discussed what we could take away from a film that, yes, was both entertaining and hilarious but that also had a great message. more >>