The political arm of abortion giant Planned Parenthood is angry about a court ruling in Missouri but a pro-life activist says women are safer because of it.
Since 2007, Missouri has required that abortion clinics follow the same medical standards as an ambulatory surgical center, and that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
In 2016, a federal court held an injunction against Missouri's restrictions but that decision was overturned this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Responding to the appeals court, Planned Parenthood Action complained that Missouri was inflicting harm on "women's rights and freedoms," and even tied the court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But the state laws are not harming women, says Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life.
"These are laws that are helping women," she tells OneNewsNow. "And the courts are looking at the benefits of these laws and obviously saw a benefit for these laws in Missouri, and how they were enforced from 2007 through 2016 until Planned Parenthood filed a complaint against them."
One has to wonder, Klein adds, why Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers oppose following regular health and safety regulations that every ambulatory surgical center has to follow.
"Why are they opposed to that?" she asks. "What is the difficulty in abiding by good health and safety regulations?"
Many pro-life groups monitor abortion clinic health and safety regulations, alerting the public when the clinics fail state health inspections.