On this week and month when we celebrate women, one cause is at the top of the list: protecting the health of mothers at all stages of their pregnancies. In a timely fashion, last week, the Supreme Court heard the landmark case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt—a case challenging a pro-life Texas law that is credited with “saving more than 10,000 lives.” As the law currently stands, abortion clinics are required to meet statewide health and safety standards like other medical facilities.
In layman’s terms: Should a state raise its health and safety standards for abortion clinics to protect the life of the mother? Believe it or not, our opponents say no. We say yes.
To show his support for the state of Texas, Speaker Ryan addressed the crowd huddled outside of the Court last Wednesday.
“We are here to stand up for women and children and for the rule of law,” said Speaker Ryan, on the steps of the highest court in the land. “We are the pro-life generation, and we are here to stand for life.”
As Speaker Ryan simply stated to the crowd—the Texas law is just “common sense.”
To further expand on what the House is doing to protect the sanctity of life at all stages, Speaker Ryan sat down with Laura Ashburn of EWTN News Nightly on the night of the Court hearing:
“This week, we’re going to have our first hearing on bioethics. So the Select Panel [on Infant Lives] is beginning its work, and we’re very proud of what they’re going to be doing. Because this is something—we’ve never had a hearing in Congress, ever, about bioethics, about dealing with the unborn. So we think we can do a great service to public education on these issues. As you know, I’m pro-life. And what I’m excited about is seeing young people joining the pro-life cause.”
Speaker Ryan continued, “My favorite charity that I give [to] every single year are pregnancy crisis centers. They’re on the front lines of making sure that women in very difficult moments are given options, are given choices, are given compassion. I do think this is where we should go—this is what the human center of the pro-life movement’s all about, is making sure that women know that they have better choices, better options.”