One of the most interesting things, at least in my mind, about the abortion debate is the amount of hypocrisy and double-speak employed by proponents. I find it amusing then that the anti-abortion movement in Texas has found a way to spin the lies back in the faces of their opponents. Let me break down what I mean. There are two positions in this great ideological divide. 1) Pro-life or anti-abortion or 2)Pro-abortion or “women’s rights.”
Over the last several years, the women’s choice movement has even tried to drop the term abortion from their lingo because it is too heinous a word. They have argued for women’s rights to choose, women’s rights over their own body, etc. They do not argue from the other end very often. You won’t find too many pro-abortion people talking about or spending much time on the fetus or it not being human or it not having rights.
Texas has said that if you are really worried about women’s health, then we need to regulate these surgical abortion clinics and hold them to some sort of medical ethical standard. The legislation that was passed in the state of Texas does just that. It forces practicing abortion doctors to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. It also demands that the clinics must be up to the code of other surgical centers.
This is where it gets interesting. All but 7 or so abortion clinics in Texas cannot meet those requirements and will be forced to shutter their services. This means that of all the 100 or so clinics surgically performing abortions, only seven could be considered up to par of a surgical center. Only seven! What exactly is the real issue here? It seems to me that any doctor worth his or her salt would not perform surgery in an environment that is not up to par. Especially when we are so concerned with the health of the mother.
Here is the hypocrisy in full view. The clinics do not care about the health of the mother. They care about the profit of the business. Convenient removal of parental responsibilities through death is big business. Pro-abortion advocates simply cannot possibly conceive of any restrictions to abortion that would protect either the women or the child in view. They have long posed the problem of access to “safe” abortion facilities as a reason for legalization. This proves that for the lie it always was.
Unfortunately SCOTUS has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed the laws to have been enforced immediately. Instead the Supreme Court has opted to allow things to run as they have until the 5th Circuit court makes its ruling. If the 5th Circuit finds no constitutional problems with the law as it stands, then at least the insanity of the pro-abortion movement will be temporarily thwarted.