Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Jun 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet certain health and safety standards.  Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) issued the following statement on the decision:

“Today’s ruling is a devastating setback for the cause of life, and I am extremely disappointed that the highest court in our land has once again failed to protect the lives of the unborn and their mothers. The Texas law was enacted in response to the horrifying and gruesome acts committed by the unsupervised abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. The Gosnell case made clear that there is a real need for common sense health and safety measures, and it’s shocking that so many self-described proponents of women’s health fought so hard against these higher standards.  Unfortunately, this case sets a negative precedent for other states who want to create a safer medical environment for their people.”