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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Statement on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

June 27, 2016
Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the lower court’s decision regarding Texas abortion laws in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In an earlier decision by the Fifth Circuit Court, the law would require abortion clinics to have facilities that are equivalent to outpatient surgical centers, as well as require doctors who perform abortions to obtain privileges of admitting patients to local hospitals.
 
“It is disappointing to learn that the Supreme Court is willing to change constitutional rights for liberal interests, but fall back on protecting women and the unborn,” said Cole. “This law has not only been an advancement for safe clinical practices, but it has given judicial rights to safeguard the health of women and children. To take away these rights for life and for safety will only result in careless practices and little oversight on abortion regulations. The ruling is foolish and detrimental to the wellbeing of women across the nation, and to those who value the sanctity of life.”
 
The law was signed into effect by Governor Rick Perry in 2013 and would have significantly cut the number of abortion clinics around the state of Texas and increase regulations on doctors performing abortions. A similar provision was enacted but placed on hold in Oklahoma, pending the outcome of this decision.
 
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