Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a pro-life group has launched a grassroots campaign to petition the White House to call on Congress to act to ensure that abortion facilities meet the same standards as comparable ambulatory surgical centers.
Protesters hold placards outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
On Monday, the court struck down a provision of a Texas law requiring that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.
In response to the ruling, And Then There Were None Ministries, a group that helps abortion industry workers find new jobs, launched the #NotOver campaign Thursday in an effort to get the 100,000 signatures required for a response from the White House.
Abby Johnson, founder and president of And Then There Were None, told TheBlaze in an interview that the campaign is an effort to show the president and the American people that “this is not over, not by a long shot.”
“We’re not done, we’re going to keep fighting,” she said. “We’re going to keep being creative with our legislation.”
Johnson, a former clinic director at a Texas Planned Parenthood, said that, in light of the court’s decision, some people may think that there are no safety issues in Texas abortion clinics, so the campaign also released documents from the Texas Department of State Health Services showing inspection failures, including clinics that failed to sterilize equipment between uses and to provide proof of parental consent for abortions performed on minors.
Johnson said the campaign plans to release more inspection reports in the coming weeks.
“It’s our job to start exposing what’s going on in these clinics,” Johnson said. “Over and over again, these clinics commit egregious violations. They know when the inspections are happening, and they’re still terrible. These are all facilities that are now allowed to remain open due to the Supreme Court’s decision.”
The group has 30 days in which to get 100,000 signatures on their petition in order to get a response from the White House.
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