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Protecting women?

From an editorial Friday by Bloomberg View:

Defenders of a Texas law that restricts abortion clinics say its main purpose is to protect women’s health. So far, however, it has mainly undermined their safety.

Since 2013, when the law began requiring that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals, the number of clinics providing abortion services in Texas has fallen by more than half, from 42 to 18. But many women in the state – an estimated 100,000 to 240,000 – have since tried to end a pregnancy on their own, according to research at the University of Texas.

The Texas law, which the Supreme Court agreed last week to review, was never truly meant to protect women’s health.

Another part of the law requiring that abortion clinics upgrade to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers has been on hold, and it now awaits the Supreme Court’s decision. This further restriction would almost certainly force more clinics to close.

If the court’s conservative majority wants to set unreasonable limits on abortion, it should do so forthrightly – by overturning its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, not by sanctioning Texas’s subterfuge and misdirection.

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