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Monday, May 5, 2014

Two pro life laws focusing on basic health and safety standards takes TX from 40 abortion centers down to 6.

An article in the National Post appears above the fold on Drudge.  Not written from a pro life viewpoint in that they use the style book language of anti abortion rather than pro life, however, it is a fairly balanced article dealing with facts and not opinions. One  of the quotes that caught my eye reminds me of a homily I heard from Fr. Pavone, when he said that if everyone would stop cooperating with abortion providers, we would not need laws to shut them down and stop the slaughter.

"I can't find anyone to deliver water or resurface the parking lot, because they're against abortion. I can't get someone to fix a leak in the roof," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Women's Health.
Way to go Texans!

Basically two strategic laws were enacted and signed by pro life Governor Rick Perry that even abortion supporters should agree with. I say should agree with but, of course, they rail against it. They both have to do with assuring that standards of other same day surgery centers are met and that the doctors performing abortions meet the necessary standards to allow them to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion center. Pretty  straightforward standard health regulations that should be standard operating procedures.

"If the state is passing regulations that are similar or equivalent to those that all other medical facilities provide, and some [clinics] close because they're not meeting standards that other medical facilities have to meet, I don't see a problem with that," said Dan McConchie, vice president for government affairs at Americans United for Life, an advocacy group that worked on parts of the Texas legislation.
Abortion operators bemoan the costs of having standards and admit it is a cost concern.
 "Ambulatory surgical centers are facilities that conduct outpatient or same-day surgical procedures, and must meet specific requirements regarding infrastructure, procedures, and equipment. The centers cost far more to run than abortion clinics, and would cost several million dollars to build from the ground up.
She further acknowledges that she uses subterfuge to open her abortion centers, using a different name and hiding the purpose of the buildings when applying for permits.

"Hagstrom Miller also said it has been impossible to find hospitals that will agree to give admitting privileges to abortion providers, or ambulatory surgical centers that will sell or lease their facilities. Leasing or buying the space itself is expensive and difficult, and Hagstrom Miller currently has mortgages on three buildings, which she will have to sell. She purchased those under a different name, and did construction without associating them with Whole Woman's Health out of concern that she wouldn't get permitting or might attract protests."

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