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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
NCBC and Catholic Nurses File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Women's Health
Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:20:00 PM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


NCBC and Catholic Nurses File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Women's Health




January, 28, 2016

The National Catholic Bioethics Center has filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of women’s health. The NCBC and a number of other organizations, including The National Association of Catholic Nurses-U.S.A. (NACN-U.S.A.), have joined in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the State of Texas, which promulgated a law designed to protect the health of women seeking an abortion.  Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, NCBC Director of Bioethics and Public Policy and a Board member of NACN-U.S.A., facilitated this participation by the Catholic nurses.  This law is being challenged by abortion providers.  The law requires the same health standards for abortion centers as it does for surgical outpatient clinics, as well as requiring the abortion physician to have admitting privileges to a local hospital, in the event that there is a negative outcome to the health of the woman who was undergoing an abortion.  While both NCBC and NACN-U.S.A. stand firmly against laws allowing a direct and intended abortion, it also recognizes that in any abortion situation there are two patients that need protection, the unborn child, as well as the mother.  If this law is upheld, as it should be, approximately half of the abortion centers in Texas would be forced to close. 

To read the full brief--Whole Woman's Health, et al. v. Cole, Comm'r, TX DHS, et al.-- click HERE.