US court’s ruling 'a cruel precedent’

Pro-life activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington yesterday (CNS/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

The United States Supreme Court decision to overturn a Louisiana law holding abortion clinics to the same standards as other surgical centres “continues a cruel precedent”, the chair of the US bishops’ pro-life committee said yesterday. Source: CNA.

In its 5-4 decision yesterday, the court found that the state’s law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital posed substantial obstacles to a woman’s access to abortion, without significant benefits to the safety of women.

Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann commented shortly after the ruling that abortion “violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women. Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives.”

“Even as we seek to end the brutality of legalised abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry,” he continued.

“The Court’s failure to recognise the legitimacy of laws prioritising women’s health and safety over abortion business interests continues a cruel precedent. As we grieve this decision and the pregnant women who will be harmed by it, we continue to pray and fight for justice for mothers and children,” Archbishop Naumann stated.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that abortion clinics did have standing to appeal the law on behalf of women in Louisiana, despite having separate interests in seeing the law overturned. At issue in the case was whether the law, enacted in June 2014, imposed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion in the state.

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US Catholic bishops: Louisiana abortion ruling 'a cruel precedent' (CNA)

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