CHICAGO - Over the past five years, two abortion clinics voluntarily shut down because Illinois state inspections showed so many problems that that it financially made more sense than updating the abortion facilities. The offenses forced the state to revoke the licenses of the Northern Illinois Women's Center in Rockford and the Women's Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood.
Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that requires abortion clinic facilities to meet the same standards as other surgical centers. The Thomas More Society filed an amicus brief in the case (see it here), which stated the law is constitutional.
Thomas More Society attorney Jocelyn Floyd issued this statement in response to the 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:
“The Supreme Court today overturned a Texas law protecting women’s health because it viewed the law as ‘unnecessary.’ Texas enacted common-sense provisions to protect women at abortion facilities from substandard care, requiring abortion providers to meet the same standards as other similar medical clinics.
"Here in Illinois, we’ve seen all too well what disastrous consequences come from holding abortion providers to lower standards than other medical providers—contamination, dirty facilities, patient injury, and even death. We’re disappointed that the Supreme Court views vital protection against these consequences as ‘unnecessary’.