Shame on the Supreme Court for playing doctor and overturning a law in Texas on the subject of access to abortion.

Their main objection was that the law would allow fewer places where an abortion can be carried out. Abortion was not outlawed. The medical standards of the Texas Medical Board were swept aside.

The Texas law was intended to ensure the safety of a person undergoing an abortion by requiring the doctor to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Every abortion does not go as planned, and there can be life-threatening complications. The treatment of those complications can require a sterile operating room, general anesthesia, a blood bank and hospital admission for care.

Abortion should be performed by physicians who can qualify for hospital privileges and whose treatment facility is close enough to a hospital for immediate emergency access.

The Supreme Court decision bears the mark of dangerous liberal thinking.

Thomas F. Shields, M.D.


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