The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a 2013 Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet minimum health and safety standards and that requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their mills. Parts of the law have already been implemented, forcing the closing of about half of Texas’ abortion mills for non-compliance, thereby saving many lives.
The challenge to the Texas law was made by Whole Woman’s Health, a chain of abortion centers based in Texas (of which Whole Woman’s in Minneapolis is part). The founder and owner of this chain is Amy Hagstrom Miller, a Macalester College graduate and a Minnesota pro-abortion activist twenty some years ago.
Operation Rescue discovered widespread abortion abuses in Texas during a 2011 investigation that resulted in heavy fines against two Whole Woman’s abortion facilities for the illegal dumping of recognizable aborted baby remains in a public dumpster. In addition, Operation Rescue reported two Whole Woman’s Health abortionists for violations discovered during that same investigation, resulting in thousands of dollars in fines. Pray for Justice Anthony Kennedy as court watchers predict that the decision will likely come down to his vote.
The other case involves religious liberty as it relates to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate under Obama-Care, requiring religious institutions to provide insurance coverage to their employees for contraceptives and abortifacients (or pay massive fines). The court has consolidated seven lawsuits, including those filed by Priests for Life and Little Sisters of the Poor. “This is great news that the Court has granted cert in our case against the HHS mandate,” said Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life. “Along with the other cases that have been consolidated along with ours, it is particularly appropriate that Priests for Life has been fighting this mandate, since the very purpose of the organization is to oppose the very activities that the mandate supports, particularly abortion.”