FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Day (202) 220-3066
Women deserve clean, safe, and effective health care. That’s why Democrats For Life of America is filing an amicus brief siding with the state of Texas in the fight to protect women.
"I am a Democrat because I believe that the government has a responsibility to put people first, to protect their interests, and to promote safe working environments, a livable wage, and safety in medical facilities,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA. “The Texas law is a model of Democratic values, putting the protection and safety of women over corporate interests.”
The United States Supreme Court soon will hear arguments in the case brought by Whole Women’s Health against Texas officials after the state passed a law setting minimum safety requirements for abortion clinics. Rather than make sure that women could see doctors with hospital admitting privileges and that abortion clinics would have the same standards as any other surgical clinic, Texas abortion providers shut their businesses and filed suit.
“The opponents of the law are more interested in limiting government oversight and in preventing adequate regulation of a business that is built around persuading women to end the lives of their unborn children,” said Day. “If they cared about women, they would invest in meeting the safety standards set by the law and ensuring that no clinic of any kind will operate like Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors.’”
The legislation was introduced in response to the discovery of an unregulated abortion clinic in Pennsylvania operated by Kermit Gosnell. He was convicted of 3 counts of murder, 21 felony counts of performing illegal abortions, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. The Whole Women’s Health argument claims that Texas is harming women by setting safety standards. Sadly, this is the view of too many in the Democratic Party.
“That’s right, an attempt to protect women is being spun by abortion extremists as somehow harming women,” said Day. “The Democratic Party is too focused on catering to the abortion industry to see that helping women and their families is the right call.”
DFLA has been at the forefront of helping women, pushing for measures that protect unborn life and that support women’s and children's health. DFLA was able to help get the Pregnancy Assistance Fund included in the Affordable Care Act, making sure that expectant and parenting mothers have a network of support to help them gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical services. DFLA also supports paid family leave, affordable child care, and other programs to help pregnant mothers and parenting families.
DFLA is joined by the National Legal Foundation on the amicus brief, written by Foundation attorney Steven W. Fitschen. The National Legal Foundation is a pro-life, pro-women public interest law firm that believes the health of women is critically important.