A new year means state legislatures are convening, and a pro-life activist says many of them are facing an important job in the coming months.
Kristi Hamrick of Americans United for Life says the pro-life organization will be watching as state lawmakers look at health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
That expected legislative work comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down new rules in Texas, a 5-3 decision that was predictably applauded by pro-abortion groups.
"Today women across America have had their constitutional rights vindicated," a pro-abortion activist said to cheers outside the court.
The state law required abortionists and clinic owners to abide by the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers, includes requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The majority opinion found the requirements created an "undue burden" on women instead of protecting their health as claimed.
AUL, meanwhile, has released a report on problematic abortion clinics in 32 states, showing the need for the standards to protect women.
Abortionists often rule afoul of state medical boards, and OneNewsNow reports often on abortionists who have been suspended, or even run out of the state, for operating unsanitary clinics and harming women.
Hamrick calls it a "national scandal" that women are singled out for a "horrific nightmare" when they enter many substandard abortion clinics.
"The abortion industry should not be allowed to operate in that vacuum," she says.