Amy Hagstrom Miller is the key abortion activist behind the U.S. Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenges a life-saving Texas law.
Hagstrom Miller, who runs an abortion business chain in Texas, challenged the 2013 state law that protects women’s health and welfare by requiring abortion clinics to meet the kinds of medical and safety standards that legitimate medical centers meet. The law is arguably responsible for saving the lives of tens of thousands of unborn babies by closing abortion clinics that are unable to protect women’s health.
Ahead of the high court hearing on the case Wednesday, Hagstrom Miller talked about her abortion businesses and her reasons for challenging the law in an interview at AlterNet. She told pro-abortion writer Valerie Tarico:
I was raised in a liberal Christian tradition, and I come to the work because of that background, not in spite of it. The Jesus that I was taught about would be holding the hands of women inside the clinic; he wouldn’t be screaming at them. Acting on Christian principles is holding the hands of people at difficult times in their lives, and being supportive and nonjudgmental and kind. That is very much what we bring to the work. I don’t know how to say it more clearly than that.
Hagstrom Miller made the usual pro-abortion claims against the law: that it restricts women’s access to abortion, that women need abortions, that pro-lifers don’t care about women and that abortion advocates like herself do.
Hagstrom Miller described how her abortion businesses operate:
My commitment is to holistic care: one-on-one counseling; physical surroundings that are warm and comforting with fleece blankets and herbal tea and lavender walls; and freedom to talk about spiritual or cultural concerns. I am committed that these aspects of care not get sacrificed. We will comply with whatever we have to comply with and challenge whatever we have to challenge. But the hearts and minds of women are at the center of who we are.
But her claims appear disingenuous when compared to state inspection reports of her abortion clinics. A report to the Texas state legislature at the time the Texas law was adopted showed that Hagstrom Miller runs shoddy abortion clinics that put women’s very lives at risk, LifeNews reported.
Read the full article by Micaiah Bilger at LifeNews.
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