Anti-Abortion Leader Admits Clinic Restrictions Are Not About Safety
The anti-abortion movement has long claimed that the aim of passing new abortion clinic regulations is to protect women’s health and safety. But a leader in that movement admitted on Sunday the real motivation behind those laws is to block women’s access to abortion.
In a heated exchange on ABC’s “This Week,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias defended a wave of state laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the same physical building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, including specific parking lot designs, hallway widths and ventilation systems. She said clinics are shutting down because “they don’t want to meet the minimum of safety standards.”
But when host Martha Raddatz pointed out that the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have said the regulations are not necessary for patient safety, Tobias strayed from the anti-abortion movement’s usual talking points.