Inhofe Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, which strikes the Texas’ state law that required health providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and that abortion procedures are performed in facilities held to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers:

“I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a reasonable law to protect women’s health. The Texas law required abortion clinics to meet the same cleanliness and safety standards as other outpatient surgery centers and required abortion doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. This was a common-sense response to the horrors found in Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in Philadelphia that led to the death of several women. States should be able to regulate abortion clinics the same as they do for any other medical facility that performs outpatient procedures. 

“The one silver lining to this ruling is that Texas’ ban on abortion after 20 weeks was not challenged. I believe this should be the law not just in Texas, but also across the nation as our current policy places the U.S. in the ranks of China and North Korea as only one in seven countries that permits abortion at or after five months of pregnancy. In order for Congress to successfully move forward on legislation to ban abortion at 20-weeks, we will need more pro-life voices in Washington and in the White House. This serves as a strong reminder how pivotal this current election cycle is in the fight to give a voice to the unborn.”

On Sept 22, Inhofe voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks post-fertilization. Senate Democrats blocked the legislation with a 54-42 vote on a motion to proceed to cloture. 

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