This law sensibly prohibits abortion unless the abortionist has hospital privileges within 30 miles of the abortion so he can remain available to handle any complications he causes. On no other major medical operation does the surgeon avoid helping on complications, as abortion providers often have been doing.
The business model of the abortion industry has been to shift the costs of complications onto hospitals, taxpayers and even pro-life physicians. The victims of abortion who have serious complications typically end up in emergency rooms, where the abortionist is nowhere to be found.
If Pennsylvania had a similar law in effect, as was urged there for years, then Kermit Gosnell would not have been able to perpetrate his horrific acts in Philadelphia. This 30-mile rule is protective of women against unsafe medical practices, such as back-alley-style abortions, and those who side against these protections for women cannot call themselves pro-women.
Nineteen abortion clinics have closed in Texas because of this good law, and liberals who oppose unsafe abortions should be cheering about the closures. Instead, they are whining and claiming that the Supreme Court should take this case on appeal.
But in light of Kennedy's comment against forcing corporations to fund abortion and his unwillingness to side with abortion for more than two decades, Planned Parenthood may not dare appeal either of these rulings to the Supreme Court, which could result in a nationwide ruling against abortion.
Both rulings last week give candidates an excellent platform for confidently addressing the abortion issue with young voters. Candidates can reject bad advice urging them to support gimmicks, such as the worthless "personhood" approach, which are then used against them.
Republicans should learn from the legislators who passed the pro-women, pro-life law in Texas and the law ensuring that family planning money goes to the right places in Kansas. With three women judges unanimously upholding a law that results in the widespread closure of abortion clinics in Texas, Republican candidates now have something positive to campaign on.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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