Rep. Diane Black on Texas Abortion Case: ‘No Such Thing as a Safe Abortion’

By Lauretta Brown | March 3, 2016 | 3:41 PM EST

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) spoke outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of upholding  a 2013 Texas law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and for abortion facilities to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements.

“I ought to know something about women’s health, and I will tell you that there is no such thing as a safe abortion,” Black said.

The Supreme Court announced in November that it will hear Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt - a lawsuit brought by Texas abortion providers against these restrictions. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the landmark abortion case Wednesday.

“The decisions of eight justices in this case will have lasting consequences on the health and safety of women and their pre-born children,” Black said, according to a full copy of her remarks provided by her office.

“The other side realizes what’s on the line today as well,” she added. “They actually said that the commonsense laws on the books in Texas are comparable to a complete ban on abortion.”

“That’s par for the course for today’s big abortion industry. The old rallying cry of ‘Safe legal and rare’ abortion is now apparently ‘free, plentiful, and on demand.’” Black emphasized. “Meanwhile, they call the compassionate measures we support to protect life an ‘attack on women’s health.’”

Black cited her 40 years in the nursing field, saying, “I ought to know something about women’s health, and I will tell you that there is no such thing as a safe abortion.”

She recounted the story of a woman who came to her hospital following a botched abortion from a clinic that wasn’t properly regulated.

“When her complications occurred, there was no answer at the after-hours number that she called and by the time she entered my care, she was dying, and there was nothing that the doctors or I could do to save her,” Black said.

“That young woman lost her precious life; a life that could have been saved if proper regulations were in place to protect her safety and to hold the abortionist accountable,” Black emphasized. “This is what is at stake at the high court.”

Black said she is in agreement with the other side that “this is a critical case for women’s health,” but she told the pro-life protesters outside the court, “You know what? You are the ones who are standing on the side of women.”

“We reject the violence of abortion outright. We also know that no mother should die as a result of an unlicensed, unregulated abortion clinic or a fly-by-night abortion doctor,” she said.

Black concluded that for her “the case can be linked to a simple truth: Life is precious – whether it is the life of the child in the womb, or that of the young mother facing an unplanned pregnancy – and it deserves to be protected.”

Both sides of the abortion debate gathered to protest outside the court on Wednesday. The high court is expected to reach a decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in June.

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