Gov. Pete Ricketts disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling striking down new restrictions imposed on abortion clinics by the state of Texas.
Ricketts sees nothing wrong with an effort by Texas to force abortion clinics to upgrade to surgical center standards and to require their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
“Well, I think the Supreme Court got it wrong,” Ricketts tells reporters when asked about the ruling. “I think the Texas law was trying to bring abortion clinics up to a standard where they would have reasonable medical standards with regard to how they were going to protect women’s health.”
In his majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote there was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure, adding the new requirements for abortion clinics provided few, if any, health benefits for women. Breyer did find the Texas law imposed an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
Ricketts rejects the reasoning.
“Having reasonable medical standards that abortion clinics should follow helps protect women’s health,” according to the governor.
The court struck the law down in a 5-3 split.
Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissent, accused the majority of striking down two state statutory provisions at the behest of abortion clinics and doctors and of bending the rules when any effort to limit abortion is at stake.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]