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Abortion access focus while OB units close in Texas and nationwide

Posted in Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by saynsumthn

While we await the decision from the Supreme Court in a case that challenged a pro-life law which forced the closure of several substandard abortion clinics in Texas, hundreds of Texas women have learned that they will have to travel further for obstetrical care after the closing of an OB unit in the state. The news will affect workers who are now slated to lose their jobs, and yet the media is relatively silent. Texas Health Presbyterian has announced that it will close its labor and delivery unit at its Kaufman hospital and even though it will negatively affect women’s health in the state, there is little outrage.

Flashback only a few years ago after when closing of several abortion facilities in Texas following sweeping pro-life legislation, caused an uproar and constant drum beat of outrage from pro-abortion women’s groups and the news media. But, alas, this unit is helping babies be born and not taking their lives.

Texas Presbyterian claims that there has been a decline in the number of women seeking their services and that is what has prompted their decision to close the Kaufman OB unit in May. But, less than a year after an Obstetrics Unit in another Texas city, Denton closed, a neighboring hospital said they noticed a huge increase in deliveries.

“It happened literally overnight,” nurse manager Dena Shapley told the Denton Record Chronicle in March. “We were delivering around 150 to 160 babies per month, and then literally that next month we were delivering around 240 babies per month.”

In Kaufman, the closure will force pregnant women to drive potentially long distances. The limited remaining options for care are at least 40 miles away, putting women and their babies at greater risk. The closure is also ending the practice of the city’s only OB doctor.

Despite hospital officials claiming this long distance will give women ample time to arrive at another obstetrics unit, a hospital nurse who spoke to Fox4 in Dallas said this will not help the women who have typically walked through the doors to deliver within minutes of their arrival. Even though the hospital says it will accept women into their Emergency Room, the nurse, who pointed out that the closure will affect mostly “lower socio-economic” women, claimed that no one will be available to do an emergency C-section. The hospital responded by noting that in cases of emergencies, the women would have to be transported by ambulance the 40 miles to Dallas.

Contrast this with the reaction that the closure of an abortion clinic has had in the state. When HB2 was passed, it did the unthinkable, so says the abortion lobby. The legislation sought to improve women’s safety by doing things like….requiring doctors who work at abortion clinics to have hospital privileges and also required abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. (Oh…the horror!) Following the passage of the pro-life legislation, now being challenged before the US Supreme Court, the nation was exposed to a constant drum beat of criticism portraying images of women forced to drive for miles in order to obtain an abortion. This image (below) is a capture from Whole Women’s Health abortion chain blog who challenged the Texas pro-life law:

Whole Womens Health Abortion CLinic Statement

Since HB2’s passage, abortion enthusiasts have crawled out of the woodwork to decry the closures as a direct attack on their “right to abortion.” The media has been swift to measure the distance a woman might have to travel if their otherwise unfit abortion clinic were to close down. They predicted dire health consequences from the closures, none of which have materialized in the state.

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Yet, in light of the Texas OB unit closing, I hear only crickets when it comes to – oh- say “A woman’s right to a safe and simple delivery.” And, believe it or not, this is not a new phenomenon women are facing in the state or the nation for that matter [still hearing crickets?].

According to ACOG, “Rural America” is home to 22.8% of U.S. women aged 18 years and older. Each year, about 500,000 women in the United States give birth in rural hospitals, yet easy access to labor and delivery units has been declining.

Rural Obstetrics

A spokesperson for the Texas Presbyterian Hospital told Fox4 that many rural hospitals have closed their OB Unites in past years. This includes Ennis Regional Medical Center which discontinued obstetrics services in 2016.

According to a report, published in 2007 by the The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, entitled Why Are Fewer Hospitals in the Delivery Business?, from 1985 to 2000, the number of hospitals that provided obstetric services dropped by 23%. As a result, more than one-third of counties in the US lacked hospital-based obstetric services in 2000, significantly more than the one-fifth of counties without hospital-based obstetric services in 1985.

A 2015 story published by NPR reported that 17 of 54 of Alabama’s rural counties have hospitals that offer obstetrics services, calling it, “one of the state’s greatest healthcare challenges.” Even more shocking, a 2016 study of rural hospitals nationwide found that 7.2 percent of rural hospitals in the study had closed their obstetric units. The authors who published their findings in the January issue of Health Services Research also found that:

    These units were smaller in size, more likely to be privately owned, and located in communities with lower family income, fewer obstetricians, and fewer family physicians. Prenatal care was still available in 17 of 19 communities, but local women would need to travel an average of 29 additional miles to access intrapartum care.

“The fact that closures continue happening — over time that means the nearest hospital gets farther and farther away,” Katy Kozhimannil, who co-authored the analysis told Kaiser Health News.

The disconnect between accessing obstetric services versus abortion services for women in the state Texas as well nationwide is glaring. It reveals that the majority of abortion defenders are more concerned about whether low-income and/or rural women access abortion rather than having access to a place where they can safely give birth. This displaced focus also reveals that the media is lax in reporting the full story of what is happening in Texas. And, while we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas pro-life law, one thing is certain, the circus around abortion will continue while more obstetrics units close down.

How one abortion owner plans to turn lemons into lemon aid by using suction machines as show and tell

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Regret, Abortion Stigma, Abortion Worker with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

REPUBLISHED FROM LIFE DYNAMICS BLOG

A Texas abortion owner wants to use the abortion suction machines at her closed facility for “show and tell” to reduce what she calls “abortion stigma.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller abortion suction machine show tell 2

Texas has been the site where several abortion clinics have closed because they could not comply with state law that requires abortion facilities comply with the minimum health and safety standards adopted by the State for ambulatory surgical centers, and that abortionists have admitting privileges in a local hospital near an abortion clinic.

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The radical pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check spoke to Amy Hagstrom Miller who operates several abortion clinics in Texas under the name Whole Woman’s Health.

Now that pro-life legislation is closing many abortion facilities in the state, Hagstrom Miller has come up with a new scheme to remain “relevant” and “shift abortion stigma,” a program she calls SHIFT.

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Shift, according to Hagstrom Miller, is a group “working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture,” and “committed to fostering open and honest conversations, lifting up all communities, and advocating for reproductive freedom.

To accomplish this goal, the abortion owner has created a non profit she will operate from her now closed Austin facility called, ChoiceWorks, which she describes as “working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller see fetus abortion

The idea is to use the closed death camp as a “kind of an Abortion University” where Hagstrom Miller will teach an “Abortion 101” workshop.

Maybe the clinic owner will use her Beaumont center in this “Abortion University” workshop of sorts as well.

A 2013, state inspectors found that Whole Woman’s Health Beamont clinic failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania.

Hagstrom Miller told RH Reality Check that she always fantasize about what it would look like if abortion care were treated as, “legitimate in women’s health care, just like miscarriage management or delivery?”

    Some of our programs are inviting people to come into the clinic—this, where we’re talking, is one of those clinics. We have a safe space where we kind of re-enact a day in the life of a clinic for not just the media, but our allies. We’ll walk through, literally from the phone call all the way through the paperwork, ultrasound, and counseling, so people can see how regulations actually affect the service, experientially. But then we could also have this interaction where people can, in a safe place, say, “But what is that you’re seeing in the ultrasound? What happens in the ultrasound? Can I see the instruments?” And they’ll say things like, “Oh my goodness, there aren’t any sharp instruments,” or “Can I see the fetal tissue?” or whatever. A safe place where we can do education about what actually happens.”

Pro-lifers have been educating the public on what an abortion looks like for years.

These images are easily accessed at Life Dynamics website www.100abortionpictures.com.

ABORTION IS GOOD?

Good Women Have Abortions

The abortion chain operator told the pro-choice blog that she wants society to think of abortion as good.

Nobody’s talking about abortion as though it’s a good in our society, or as though good women would have an abortion. I had this banner outside Whole Woman’s Health for years that said, “Good women have abortions.” People flipped out,” Hagstrom Miller said.

Killing babies is good in our society?

Did we mention www.100abortionpictures.com?

Abortion Autopsy Photo SafeandLegal S&LInside-true-face

How about www.safeandlegal.com where Life Dynamics lists the names of the women killed from legal abortion?

Or….www.childpredators.com which documents how pedophiles use abortion to cover child sexual abuse?

What about the many women who regret their abortions?

Hagstrom Miller said that her new abortion adventure is her way of “turning lemons into lemonade.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller abortion suction machine show tell

I have, as it turns out, a bunch of suction machines I don’t know what to do with. So if they can become used for show and tell? Awesome,” she stated.

You cannot make this stuff up.

As Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics has said many times, the pro-choice mindset comes from mental illness.

Listen to him explain this on a recent Life Talk TV show.

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Despite the fact that one of Amy Hagstrom Miller’s own abortion facilities has been cited for safety violations, Hagstroim Miller said this:

    “The bad provider thing is rough. How can we talk about that? Whenever I see the word “access,” I don’t want access to abortion, I want access to quality abortion. I host little debates within the field: Is any abortion a good abortion? I don’t think so. I want us to have those ethical debates.”

The Texas abortion chain owner does subscribe to the ideology that women who have abortions need to talk about them:

    “People say, “People just need to tell their abortion stories,” and I’m like, no they fucking don’t. I mean, I love when they do. But we can’t make shifting the movement that person’s burden. That’s not her fucking job. She doesn’t owe that to us. So I get super animated about this, “Oh we just need to have more patients tell their stories,” you know? No we don’t! We have providers that don’t talk about what they do.”

But she added that she wants men to talk about how abortion benefits them,”Because I want a frame where we can talk about how men benefit from abortion.”

She concluded by stating all the things she believed abortion providers were afriad to be asked about:

    “So that we don’t leave what my friend Charlotte Taft calls the “crumbs at the picnic.” We have a picnic and we don’t clean up and anti-choicers grab every little crumb. Abortion, money! Ooh, “late-term” abortion! Fetal pain! Oh, sex-selection! I could make a list of all the things that all of us are terrified of being asked about. That’s totally by design.”

Wendy Davis campaign funded by abortion blood money $$ ??

Posted in Cecile Richards, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Democrat Party, Wendy Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by saynsumthn

Recently the abortion lobbying group, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, has bragged that at their fundraising event on September 23, 2014 they will auction off a magazine signed by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

NARAL TX WD Auction
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas brags that it is the political arm of the pro-choice.

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The abortion lobby group has endorsed Wendy Davis in her bid:

NARAL TX Endorses Wendy Davis

The national NARAL group also supports Wendy Davis and contributed thousands to her campaign:

NARAL Contribution to Wendy Davis 2

NARAL Wendy Davis I Stand With Wendy

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In addition to NARAL – Wendy Davis is financially supported by abortion clinic chain Planned Parenthood ( See here)

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(Note: The images above were cut and pasted to show mainly donations made by Planned Parenthood to Wendy Davis)

In 2013 – Planned Parenthood employees also contributed heavily – see here.

And Planned Parenthood Physicians Melissa Benavides of the Christus Santa Rosa Planned Parenthood , Jill Meadows of Planned Parenthood Of The Heartland, and Junda Woo Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas also contributed to Wendy Davis.

Cecile Richards Wendy Davis

In addition, Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards gave Wendy Davis $1000.00 in political contributions:

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Abortion Clinics Also Support Wendy Davis:

Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic chain CEO Amy Hagstrom:

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2013:

WWH Hagstrom Wendy Davis contributions 2013

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Routh Street Abortion Clinic owner and employee:

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2013

Routh Street 2013 Wendy Davis abortion

Pro-life law closes another abortion clinic in Texas

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by saynsumthn

Another child killing center in Texas has closed as a result of the new abortion law which took effect last year.

wHOLE Womens Health Austin

On their blog page, abortion clinic chain Whole Woman’s Health announced the closure of their Austin center.

The announcement reads:

With extremely heavy hearts, we’re announcing today that Whole Woman’s Health of Austin is closing its doors days before our trial against House Bill 2 begins.

Austin was our flagship clinic, serving the community of Central Texas with the best abortion care available to women for over ten years. House Bill 2, which passed last summer, has forced us into yet another closure, this time because we’re unable to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center at this location.

2 Clinics Close July 2014

In October the Beaumont Whole Woman’s abortion centers was inspected and what authorities found was abysmal.

WWH abortion clinic health violations Oct 2013

According to a recent state inspection report, Whole Woman’s failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that Convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania.

WWH McAllen Website stops ab

In March of 2011, Operation Rescue documented widespread abortion abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics. Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health. The McAllen office discoveries were particularly disturbing. Dumped in the trash were the bloody refuse of several abortions along with the names of patients and other private information.

Among the discoveries at several WWH clinics, Patient logs and other records were discovered on Whole Women’s Health forms and the bloody remains of abortions came in bags with other documents bearing Whole Women’s Health’s name. Operation Rescue has made examples of this evidence public.

In November, Life Dynamics, a national pro-life group in Denton, Texas sent fliers to every hospital warning them the abortion lobby was going to attempt to get privileges:

LDI Texas Mailer Front

Hospital Letter Texas

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Austin abortion facility is the 17th clinic to close in Texas since November when a new law went into effect requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics. The same law will require clinics to meet the same strict structural standards required of ambulatory surgical centers by September of this year. Fourteen of the 20 clinics still operating do not meet those standards.

Abortion chain owner posts pic of half eaten chocolate bunnies to say “Happy Easter”

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2014 by saynsumthn

Amy Hagstrom Miller operates a chain of Texas abortion clinics.
Amy Hagstrom Miller

Hagstrom runs the Whole Woman’s Health Abortion Clinics….

Hagstrom posted this to her facebook page, wishing her friends a “Happy Easter.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller Easter

Odd….

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Seeing her bunny pic, reminded me of this:

Texas abortion doctor who won’t re-open following court decision on Texas pro-life laws – plays media like a fiddle

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinics, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by saynsumthn

Lester Minto

Abortionist Lester Minto knows he won’t be able to reopen his Reproductive Services abortion clinic in Harlingen after a federal appeals court upheld tough new abortion restrictions in Texas.

Reproductive Services Harlingen

He tells the Associated Press that he won’t be silenced.

Despite the fact that Minto’s abortion clinic has been closed because his clinic cannot comply with the new state law requiring doctors that perform abortions to have hospitals admitting privileges, the abortionist says that he has kept his clinic’s phone line active.

Minto told the AP that a recent check found messages from five women, including a 12-year-old girl who he said had been raped traveling through Mexico and illegally crossed into the U.S.

Now…one must wonder why, at that point the AP did not ask Minto if he reported the rape of that little girl to police.

Life Dynamics, a national pro-life organization in Denton Texas has documented well how abortion is a tool used by pedophiles to cover for their crimes.

Only a few weeks ago, the parents of an incest victim were arrested using abortion to cover rape in West Virginia.

Nope…instead of concern for the 12 year old rape victim, the AP is being played as a fiddle to promote the abortion mantra. They published this statement from the abortionist, “So she can’t go up north. She’s forced to carry this pregnancy because of these laws.”

Let’s recap – the Texas State Legislature passes a law that says that abortionists must be able to admit women who may be injured to a local hospital and the entire abortion industry goes basaltic.

Then….this Texas abortionist, who obviously does not have admitting privileges, receives media attention because he has to close his abortion clinic. The media, never investigates WHY this so-called “protector of women’s rights” would be refused hospital admitting privileges, instead they just shower him with publicity and sympathy.

Then when he mentions that a 12 year old was RAPED and pregnant and in need of an abortion, the AP never asks why he has referred the child to an abortion clinic rather than a police station…see a trend here?

Just a few days ago, another Texas abortionist was sued for his alleged “safe and legal” abortion.
DouglasKarpen

Abortionist Douglas Karpen who runs the Aaron Woman’s Clinic in Houston Texas is being sued by a former patient for a botched abortion. The patient claims she suffered a torn uterus, bleeding and extensive pain. The law suit claims medical negligence on the part of Karpen.

According to reports, the abortion was performed when the patient was 22 weeks pregnant.

The suit claims “permanent injuries” were caused by abortionist Karpen and the patient “continues to suffer as a result of medical negligence.”

The legal document says her injuries were discovered by another doctor who also found internal bleeding.

Karpen Mel Mendoza 2014 lawsuit

The media is good at compartmentalizing abortion and keeping the long list of tragic horror stories away from stories that portray to defend so-called “women’s rights.” After all, if they show you the full picture, you might, like the recent Appeals Court did, think the Texas law was …well…reasonable.

Now, back to Minto….

Are we really supposed to produce crocodile tears for this killer of innocent babies not good enough to secure hospital admitting privileges? Really?

I ask – just who is being played the fool here? I believe it is the AP.

Minto has proclaimed in the past said he would keep doing abortions “whether that means under the cover of a mesquite tree or on a shrimp boat or going to Mexico” where abortions are also illegal.

I didn’t say I’d stop doing abortions. I’m not going to give this up…And I’m not going to abandon girls,” Operation Rescue reports that Minto told a local newspaper.

Perhaps Minto is using the AP to remind women that he will continue to do abortions (illegally) and pocket his profits – just suggesting this as a possibility. But – has anyone asked Minto? Certainly not the Associated Press.

The media is purposely spinning this story so the public will believe that all these abortion clinics closing are just being picked on by the state. In reality, Minto and the Whole Woman’s abortion clinics, which closed earlier this month, cannot comply with simple health standards – Doesn’t that concern anyone? Apparently not the AP.

Two more abortion clinics close in Texas

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion clinic closed by state, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by saynsumthn

WWH Closes

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the last two abortion clinics outside of big Texas cities will close Thursday because they can’t meet the restrictions placed on facilities under the state’s new abortion law.

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Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont and McAllen will close after providing abortions in the areas for a decade. Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, which operated five abortion clinics before the law went into effect, said the provision requiring physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic was proving the most problematic.

Amy Hagstrom Miller

Miller said hospitals near her McAllen clinic refused to grant her physicians’ applications for privileges. Some hospitals in the area require their privileged physicians to live nearby. Others require a current physician to co-sign applications for privileges, which many are unwilling to do for fear of being targeted or stigmatized.

In Beaumont, one 75-year-old physician secured privileges, but a second one could not, Miller said.

There were 44 #abortion clinics in Texas in 2011; now, there are 24. Nineteen clinics have closed since this summer, Miller, told the Texas Tribune.

This is indeed good news, but it is being spun by a pro-abortion news media.

The media has been rather sympathetic to Whole Womans but look behind the scenes may shed light into the real reason Miller is closing these centers.

BEAUMONT:

WWH Beaumont abortion clinic 13 health violations

In October the Beaumont Whole Woman’s abortion centers was inspected and what authorities found was abysmal.

According to a recent state inspection report, Whole Woman’s failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that Convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania.

The report says the facility failed to provide a safe environment for patients and staff. The suction machines which were used on patients had numerous rusty spots which, “had the likelihood to cause infection.”

WWH abortion clinic health violations Oct 2013

In October, investigators with the state of Texas cited the Beaumont abortion clinic for 13 health and safety code violations.

The report says, “the facility failed to have the EKG monitoring equipment ready if an emergency situation occurred…”

The clinic was also cited for expired drugs on the premises:

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The Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Beaumont had the most violations of the records inspected by the Texas Tribune. Auditors found that a sterilization machine was not working properly and that nurses were not trained to recognize the problem. Whole Woman’s Health said they took steps to remedy the problems and had its correction plans accepted by the state.

But now they are reporting they are closing- hmmmm.
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MCALLEN:

Whole Woman McAllen

In March of 2011, Operation Rescue documented widespread abortion abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics. Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health. The McAllen office discoveries were particularly disturbing. Dumped in the trash were the bloody refuse of several abortions along with the names of patients and other private information.

Among the discoveries at several WWH clinics, Patient logs (click here to view) and other records were discovered on Whole Women’s Health forms and the bloody remains of abortions came in bags with other documents bearing Whole Women’s Health’s name. Operation Rescue has made examples of this evidence public.

In December of 2011, Operation Rescue reported that Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen was fined at total of $17,430 by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality for illegal dumping of medical waste.

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In November, Life Dynamics, a national pro-life group in Denton, Texas sent fliers to every hospital warning them the abortion lobby was going to attempt to get privileges:

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics explained the project on the latest episode of his Life Talk show, “What we did is created a post card called Hired Killers. This postcard is designed to discourage doctors from getting involved in abortion. We sent one of these to every doctor’s office in Texas. What we are trying to do is keep the waters stirred because what the abortion industry wants is to recruit these guys and tell them, you can just slide in and you don’t have to raise a big ruckus about it. We’re making sure that these doctors understand, there will be a ruckus and this is just the first shot of the ruckus that’s coming.

“The second thing we did was send a letter to every hospital administrator in Texas. It’s designed to discourage them from granting privileges and be on the lookout for new doctors filing for hospital privileges who are not telling them they are working in an abortion clinic. Before you let them in, you better ask them if they are working in abortion because you don’t want to drag this hospital into the abortion controversy.”

TX Mailers Life Talk Dec 2013 Life Dynamics

Looks like they have worked to dissuade doctors from assisting Whole Woman’s Health.

Marva Sadler, a regional director at Whole Woman’s complained to the pro-cbortion blog, RH Reality saying, “We’ve been well aware that Texas has been against us and on us for many, many years. But I did not think I would see a day where they would have put up such barriers that now that we’re actually closing clinics, and they’re essentially taking away the right to fair and safe comprehensive health care that all women, not only in the state of Texas, deserve to have.”

Well…what about the safety of women? I guess that just doesn’t factor into the equation with these killers?