By Dave Andrusko
Last week pro-life Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed SB 1848 into law, a bill that protects women by requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
As always, pro-abortionists insisted that because abortion clinics are so safe no such requirement is needed.
The measure became law during the time frame that two U.S. District Court judges were hearing pro-abortion lawsuits against comparable laws: in Wisconsin and Alabama [nrlc.cc/1iMNdIb and nrlc.cc/1iMNuLh]
A great deal of information not commonly known about abortion clinics came out in those trials.
For example, the abortion clinics keep insisting that they are having difficulties finding hospitals that will accept their abortionists. But just how hard they are trying (and why) was an open question.
According to the Associated Press, one judge bluntly warned the attorneys for a Wisconsin abortion clinic that “if they stopped pursuing answers in a bid to ensure [abortionist Dennis] Christensen doesn’t get privileges so the lawsuit can continue it was a ‘horrendous idea.’ He said if they can’t get definitive responses he can order the hospitals to answer.”
Other times the abortion clinics would say the requirements were just too difficult. But last Monday, we learned that eight years ago the Alabama Department of Public Health required abortion clinics to secure a backup physician for after hours and emergency care. “RHS eventually contracted with a local OBGYN as a backup, but that was after the clinic was sanctioned for not having one during an emergency situation with a patient who had received abortion services from RHS,” according to Max Reiss of WAFF-TV.
The lawyer for the attorney general’s office reminded Ayers “that the clinic was able to comply with the 2006 backup physician requirement and there’s no reason it couldn’t comply now.”
Congratulations to Oklahoma and Oklahomans for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.