In the news this week, there was much uproar over a controversial abortion law in Texas.
I can't speak for Texas, but here in Portland, the Planned Parenthood has a big sign which says they are a health center. Legally speaking, though, they are not classified as a health center or a medical clinic. This means they do not have to follow medical or health laws when performing abortions, including the most basic laws such as "all equipment must be sterilized before use" and "the patient must be informed if there is a mistake in the operation".
As someone who is concerned for women's safety, I'd like to see this situation changed. I'm not sure how to do it, though. Maybe we could change it, so abortions can only be performed at hospitals (which have to conform to medical safety standards). Or maybe we could repeal Planned Parenthood's exempt status, when it comes to performing abortions.
Part of the Texas law which got overturned was the rule "all doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital".
Pro: This makes abortions safer, because it prevents non-doctors from performing abortions.
Con: This law is sketchy about the definition of the word "nearby", considering the fact that Texas is an absolutely humongous state.
I suppose this raises an interesting question. We can all agree "safe abortions are better than unsafe abortions", but what about these places in Texas where people only have access to unsafe abortions? Is that better or worse than having no access to abortions at all? The people who argued for this law to be repealed say that 1/3 of Texas was affected by the law, which is a pretty sizeable portion.