On June 27th by a 5-3 margin, the Supreme Court invalidated two provisions of Texas H.B.2, which mandates that abortionists have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and operate in offices that more readily allow emergency personnel to rescue women injured by abortions. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council notes that “In 2011, 26,500 women experienced abortion-related complications and close to 3,200 women required post-abortion hospitalization. Mandating basic and necessary health and safety standards such as trained staff, . . . sanitation and safety codes should be beyond the politics of abortion.” Some leaders wondered why abortionists in Texas had chosen to close their facilities rather than meet health standards intended to protect women. Carol Tobias, President of NRTL stated, “How shabby are these abortion clinics that they cannot meet the minimum standards other outpatient surgical centers are required to meet, and just how bad are these abortionists that they can’t get admitting privileges at a local hospital?” Left intact from the legislation is the provision that prohibits abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain at that stage. This provision was not included by the abortion providers when they filed a lawsuit challenging the Texas law. As it has been for 35 years, Caring Network will remain on the forefront of the fight for the safety of both mother and child. Abortion is a tragedy that takes the life of a child and wounds a mother. Politics has no place in such an arena. The battle will continue to be won in the counseling rooms at Caring Network, one life at a time.