Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law, Dooms Women to Substandard Care

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Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took a dangerous step backwards by striking down provisions of a Texas abortion law that provided that abortion providers maintain hospital privileges and meet ambulatory surgical center standards. The decision was 5-3 in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenged HB2, a sweeping Texas abortion licensing and safety law.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling has essentially relegated women to second-class citizens when it comes to abortion by allowing abortionists to evade meeting basic safety standards that are proven to save lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We must remember why these safety rules were enacted. When abortion facilities are exempt from meeting safety standards, conditions and practices deteriorate and women are placed in jeopardy. We saw that truth played out during the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who killed Karnamaya Mongar and Semika Shaw during sloppy abortions at a squalid ‘House of Horrors.'”

Texas has similar health and safety issues. During a 2011 investigation into Texas abortion abuses, Operation Rescue documented poor facility conditions, the illegal disposal of recognizable aborted baby remains, and violations to the Texas 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws at Whole Women’s Health, the abortion chain challenged the law.

Based on Operation Rescue’s regulatory complaints, Whole Women’s Health was heavily fined for the illegal dumping of aborted baby remains, and two of its abortionists were disciplined for violations uncovered during Operation Rescue’s investigation, as cited by an amici curiae brief, filed by the Liberty Counsel on behalf of Operation Rescue.

Two years later, Operation Rescue reported first-hand on the horrors exposed at the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell followed by a report on allegations made by clinic workers of babies who were similarly murdered at a Houston abortion facility that prompted the special legislative sessions that led to the passage of HB2.

Data recently gathered by Operation Rescue during a meticulous survey of every abortion facility in the country, verified that the average wait time for an abortion in Texas was 23% shorter than the national average wait even though half of the state’s abortion clinics have shut down.

Those results prove that The Texas law has not forced women into long waits for abortions — contrary to baseless claims made by the Abortion Cartel.

“We will not stop our fight to save innocent babies and protect women from an abortion industry that makes a living exploiting women by cutting corners on their lives and health,” said Newman.

Read the decision.

Select Panel Refers UNM & Late-term Abortion Facility for Criminal Charges Related to Fetal Tissue Procurement

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chairman of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, has sent a letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas, Jr., referring the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO) for criminal charges and further investigation.

Blackburn’s 291-page letter contained attachments that document what she described as “systematic violations of the law” related to the “transfers of value” of fetal remains for “research purposes.”

“This recommendation of criminal charges against UNM and Southwestern Women’s Options is the fruit of years of research and hard work done by a tenacious community of pro-life activists,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Seeing the fruit of that labor makes this a great day for us. All that’s left now is for law enforcement to read them their rights and take them away!”

Operation Rescue has worked extensively in New Mexico with activists Bud and Tara Shaver of ProtestABQ to expose and oppose Southwestern Women’s Options, which is the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., committing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

ProtestABQ has for years called attention to Southwestern Women’s Options’ long affiliation with the University of New Mexico. SWWO is the only supplier of aborted baby tissue to UNM, and there appears to exist a “symbiotic relationship” between the two, according to Blackburn.

The letter to Banderas explained that UNM aggressively expanded abortion services in Albuquerque over the “resistance” of University officials. This eventually forced an ideological shift at the University to one that now is focused on abortion promotion, using even UNM students to further their pro-abortion political agenda.

Blackburn indicated that the Select Panel uncovered violations of New Mexico’s Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which for years has been misconstrued by UNM to allow for the donation of aborted baby remains. However, Select Panel attorneys found that the act specifically prohibits fetal remains from being donated for research or other uses, making the transfer of aborted baby remains from SWWO to UNM illegal.

The Panel also notes that SWWO staff were brought on the UNM as “volunteer” faculty and received employee benefits at UNM.

It was Tara Shaver that first uncovered SWWO’s participation in supplying aborted baby tissue after she obtained an abortion consent form that buried brief tissue consent language near the bottom of a wordy form that required a patient signature before abortions could be performed. This raised questions about whether women actually understood that their aborted baby’s remains would be used for “research.” That consent form was modified after Shaver made the initial, illegal form public.

Shaver filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s office seeking a criminal investigation into violations of the Spralding Act and other crimes. That complaint has been so far ignored.

“We hope that this very heavily documented recommendation from the House Select Panel will persuade Attorney General Banderas to act to enforce New Mexico laws and stop the illegal exploitation of aborted babies for ‘valuable consideration,’” said Newman. “We also hope that he will put an end to UNM’s practice of using taxpayer funds as well as UNM students to push their political agenda of abortion expansion upon an unwilling community.”

Operation Rescue also calls for the immediate closure of Southwestern Women’s Options in light of the serious criminal accusations that are now pending.

Read Blackburn’s letter to Banderas dated June 23, 2016

Takeaways: Newman among Religious Leaders Who Met with Trump

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By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, was among nearly 1,000 conservative religious leaders who met with presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump yesterday at a packed ballroom in New York’s Trump Tower.

“I’m very impressed that Mr. Trump would sit with conservative leaders for multiple questions, and then give direct answers,” said Newman. “I don’t believe anything like this has ever happened.”

Newman served as former co-chair of the Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition, and endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz early on. But with Cruz out of the race, Newman attended the meeting to ensure that Trump would indeed act on his newly-embraced pro-life position, if elected.

During the meeting, Trump promised the following:

1. Appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices, which have been pre-vetted by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.
2. Appoint strong pro-life judges to the Federal Courts.
3. Repeal and replace Obamacare and the abortion mandate that forces the insured to pay for abortions and abortifacient drugs.
4. Actively support and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
5. Defund America’s largest supplier of abortion, Planned Parenthood.

Trump also promised he will keep an open door policy with pro-life leaders, something Republican Presidential candidates have not done in recent elections.

For those pro-life advocates who still have reservations about voting for Trump, Newman had this response:

I understand your concerns, but I’m not here to elect a pastor for America. I’m here to be a voice for the unborn children. The babies scheduled to die at abortion facilities across America don’t care what type of man saves their lives — only that they are not chopped to pieces and their limbs sold like meat in a butcher shop. We know for a fact that Hillary will aggressively continue the carnage. At the very least, Mr. Trump has promised relief for the pre-born babies. For me, that makes the choice at the ballot box an easy one.

[Read Newman’s essay, “To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question”, published May 11, 2016.]