You really want to go down this road, coldweiner?A State has every right and responsibility to oversee the medical standing and professionalism of its doctors. A Federal Judge stepping in to tell a State it can not require strict professional standards of its doctors is a horrifically unbalanced and biased decision. Requiring a doctor to have a professional relationship with a local hospital so he/she may respond appropriately and timely to a patient's needs from local offices and clinics is a reasonable requirement.
...I can name at least 12 outpatient procedures which are far more 'unsafe' than legal abortion...
Now you can, too.
The only doctors able to perform legal abortions, are qualified obstetricians. Legal abortion is safer than 97% of all outpatient services performed in this country.
"Horrifically unbalanced, and biased," you say?
The PDF with which I provided you, details the risks of each outpatient surgery available in the State of Texas.
Name one other outpatient surgical procedure on this list, the performance of which is being restricted to an ambulatory surgical center.
Plastic surgery? No. Prosthetic preparation? No. Oral surgery? No.
NO OTHER outpatient procedure performed in the state of Texas is required to be performed anywhere other than a sterile facility, with accreditation. None. All other outpatient procedures, may legally be performed in the individual doctor's office. WHETHER OR NOT the Doctor has privileges at the local hospital. ONLY abortion services are being restricted this way.
Seems 'horrifically unbalanced and biased' to me...so you may have a point...too bad it's in favor of my argument...that this is NOT a 'safety' issue for Texas. If it was, m'dear, every outpatient surgery performed would have to follow the same regulation.
Curiously, they don't.
I hear if you put your feet in the air during sex, you're more likely to get pregnant.
Worth a shot - if you're EVER gonna gestate something, you have to get pregnant first...Jus' sayin.'