Everybody knows about the aggressive campaign against women’s reproductive rights that was launched by Texas legislators this summer. In addition to the assault, statewide efforts were enacted with the intention of closing many of the clinics where these services are provided.
GOP politicians rationalized the closures as a matter of safety. But according to a report from the Texas Tribune, any alleged risks to the public were not supported by the evidence.
[The Texas Tribune’s] review of state inspection records for 36 abortion clinics from the year preceding the lawmakers’ vote turned up little evidence to suggest the facilities were putting patients in imminent danger. State auditors identified 19 regulatory violations that they said presented a risk to patient safety at six abortion clinics that are not ambulatory surgical centers in Texas. None was severe enough to warrant financial penalties, according to the Department of State Health Services, which deemed the facilities’ corrective action plans sufficient to protect patients.
And between 2008 and 2013, the Texas Medical Board, which regulates the state’s physicians, took action against just three doctors who performed abortions — all of them for administrative infractions that did not involve criminal practices or late-term abortions.
Once again, elements of the pro-life movement are disseminating falsehoods to enact their agenda.
“The point of this legislation is to make abortion inaccessible,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Women’s Health. “It wasn’t about safety because there is no safety problem around abortion in Texas.”
The pro-life movement has a long history of spreading lies in their propaganda. From bizarre conspiracy theories about Planned Parenthood to “crisis pregnancy centers” that disseminate false information about birth control to patients, it’s clear that the pro-life agenda constitutes a real physical threat to women’s health.