Tony Perkins

Today the Supreme Court reversed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court determined that claims of protecting women’s health were merely a dishonest pretext for denying women the right to abortion. The Court noted that complications from abortion are very rare and that there was no need for clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Moreover, physicians having admitting privileges was an unnecessary requirement. The findings of the Court have not stopped Perkins from recycling the bullshit that was shown for what it is:

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down H.B. 2 undermines the health and safety of vulnerable women. This decision is a loss for women and gives the abortion industry a free pass. The need to regulate abortion facilities is necessary to protect women against cut-and-run abortionists at shoddy abortion facilities. Mandating basic and necessary health and safety standards such as trained staff, corridors that could accommodate a stretcher in case of emergency, admitting privileges to a hospital, and up-to-date fire, sanitation, and safety codes should be beyond the politics of abortion. When abortion facilities are not held to the same standards as other facilities, women’s lives are endangered. In 2011 alone, 26,500 women experienced abortion-related complications, and close to 3,200 women required post-abortion hospitalization. Hair and nail salons, public pools, restaurants, and tanning centers must meet basic health and safety standards—shouldn’t abortion facilities? Abortion facilities cannot be exempt from following basic health standards.

Because this was all about the health and safety of women. Sure.

Tony Perkins is the president of Family Research Council was is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.