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The Des Moines Register published an editorial written by Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte, in the Friday July 8 edition.  Here below is the article:

“Safe but legal” abortions are so yesterday.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made “unsafe and legal” the new standard in the abortion industry.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will put women’s health at risk. The Supreme Court justices reversed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in a 5-3 decision. The two main components of this bill: a requirement that abortionist’s have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, and that their facilities meet the same basic health standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

This decision is especially jarring in light of a 2014 article published by LifeNews.com that estimates nearly 1,000 Texas women are hospitalized every year due to abortion complications. This is the real war on women. The court puts access to abortion ahead of access to safety. What happened to the motto pro-abortionists so often tout — that it should be "safe and legal"?

Safety has taken a back seat. Whether you are for or against abortion, common sense should have dictated support of this legislation. Why would you want someone to enter a facility, have an invasive medical procedure performed on them, and know that clinic is not held to basic safety standards as those of a surgical center?

Women deserve better.

For the past 12 years, The American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association have stood by a joint statement on patient safety for office-based surgery. A core principle is that all physicians performing office-based surgery must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The court failed to understand what the experts in protecting people’s health have outlined. The abortion industry, which ends the lives of a million infants each year, is evidently a protected class.

If you don’t believe that abortion clinics need regulation, I have just two words for you: Kermit Gosnell. He is the late-term abortionist who was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder in 2013. He was also found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died of a drug overdose.

When Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” was raided, they found bags and bottles of aborted babies, body parts, and filthy, unsanitary medical equipment. Prior to this raid, Gosnell’s facility had not been inspected for more than 17 years.

What is clear is that women suffered a critical loss by this ruling. What is equally clear is that access to abortion is at all costs versus clinics having essential safety standards for their patients.  The only ones hurt more than women by unsafe, but legal, abortion clinics, are the children.

You can read the article in The Des Moines Register HERE.

DeWitte was also interviewed on Iowa Public Radio regarding this Supreme Court decision.  You can hear the full interview HERE.  The title of the headline is NASA's Juno Probe Reaches Orbit Monday.  Below the picture is a LISTEN button and the interview is the first part of the show River to River.  

Upcoming Interview

Listen on Wednesday August 3, 2016 at 8:40AM for an interview on Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7FM, KVSS, with Maggie DeWitte, IFL Director, as she discussed the latest in the pro-life movement in Iowa.  To stream live, visit their website HERE
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