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Carter Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) released the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, striking down two Texas laws requiring abortion clinics to meet health and safety standards essential to protect women's health at abortion clinics:

"The Supreme Court not only failed to protect the lives of innocent unborn babies today, the Court has also failed to protect the lives of their mothers. While I strongly believe life starts at conception and steadfastly oppose abortion, the Texas laws overturned today simply ensured the presence of critical health and safety protections that are already required of other health care providers. 

"It is a truly shocking and sad day when the Supreme Court of the United States of America will go as far as putting the lives of American women at risk by prohibiting a state from requiring basic health standards for abortion clinics in order to push forward a pro-abortion agenda. While the ruling is disappointing, it is a strong reminder that we must continue the fight stronger than ever to protect women's health and the lives of the unborn who have no voice to protect themselves."

In February, Carter signed an amicus brief supporting the state of Texas in the case.