High Court Hears From Congress on Abortion

Members of Congress weighed in this week on one of the biggest abortion cases to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in nearly a decade.  Early next month, the Justices will hear oral arguments on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenges the constitutionality of a 2013 Texas state law that would force abortion centers to comply with requirements that other medical facilities that perform surgeries must meet.  The case is of national importance as abortion advocates are attempting to argue that the Texas state legislature put an undue burden on women. 

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), one of the organizers of the pro-life Congressional filing, argued, “By requiring abortion clinics to be held to the same standards as other medical facilities, the Texas law protects the health of both the mother and child.”  His colleague and co-organizer, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), highlighting that the Texas law was a move against horrific abortion practices such as those practiced by Kermit Gosnell, added, “But even this commonsense regulation for the protection of women is too much for the abortion lobby, which has challenged the regulation all the way to the Supreme Court. For the most zealous abortion advocates, nothing—not even women’s health—can be allowed to stand in the way of abortion-on-demand.”

One of the key organizers of the filing in the House, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), said the possible ramifications of this case were “staggering.”  Regarding the state law, she stated, “Overturning it endangers women’s health and could place other reasonable regulations on abortion in jeopardy.”

Among the other 171 signers of this amicus brief were Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). 

  • Find the full Congressional filing here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: Feburary 5, 2016

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