This letter was first published on the editorial page of the Daily Herald on July 3. I was sorting through my thoughts about the Supreme Court decision when I wrote this:
Is it a victory for women? The Supreme Court overturned a Texas law that would have required safety regulations for abortion clinics.
Two years ago Joan Rivers was in an outpatient surgical clinic that did have safety regulations that were violated, and she died. The outcry was huge, and rightly so. The director of the clinic stepped down and a large settlement was made with River’s family.
What happens when an abortion clinic—which is an outpatient surgical clinic— doesn’t have to meet safety standards? What happens when a woman is injured or dies at this clinic?
Abortion providers aren’t concerned. They are profiting from women in difficult circumstances. Poor women or desperate women are more likely to seek care at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Are we comfortable with the idea that these women deserve less?
I have to wonder if Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayer would feel comfortable having a surgical procedure in a clinic that is unregulated and unsafe. Justice Ginsburg wrote in her opinion that abortion is safer than childbirth. That is a blanket generalization. I have been a childbirth nurse for more than 30 years, and I disagree.
Childbirth ranges from a normal physiologic birth (which is safer than abortion) to high-risk pregnancies and births that require medical intervention. I think I can assume that Justice Ginsburg has never seen the tools that are used in a surgical abortion. Nor is she aware of the medications that may be involved.
It is a sad day for women. Five Justices struck down a Texas law that established common sense safety practices for abortion clinics.