Statement from Senator Mae Beavers regarding Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 27, 2016 — Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), sponsor of legislation which restored commonsense protections for women seeking an abortion, made the following statement in the wake of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion:

“This is a huge step backwards for women. This decision makes women lesser human beings if they do not have the same privileges as other patients to a clean and safe medical environment. Women should expect that a clinic is clean and has been inspected by the Health Department. They should also be assured that their physician can meet them at the hospital in case there are complications. It is hard to fathom that a court could disagree with such basic human rights. The court has done a tremendous disservice to women, not even to speak of the unborn.”

The law sponsored by Beavers called for informed consent and a 48-hour waiting period for women and girls considering an abortion, while another measure co-sponsored by Beavers requires abortion facilities performing more than 50 abortions a year be held to the same health and safety standards as other out-patient surgical facilities.

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The decision is linked at: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-274_p8k0.pdf

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