March 04, 2020
The Louisiana Law Being Challenged Would Shut Down Nearly Every Clinic in the State, Impose Significant Burden on Reproductive Health Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments on June Medical Services v. Russo. The case challenges a 2014 Louisiana state law — nearly identical to the Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional three years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt — that restricts women’s access to reproductive health care by requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
In response, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, released the following statement:
“Louisiana’s state laws on reproductive health care have never been about what’s best for women, they have been thinly veiled attempts to undermine women’s constitutional right to abortion access. Women’s rights are on the line and we can’t stand by as anti-choice politicians try to strip away women’s control of their bodies, criminalize doctors, and spread disinformation about women’s reproductive health care. The Supreme Court should clearly abide by the precedent set in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and protect women’s abortion access across the state and country. Women deserve the freedom to make their own health care decisions regardless of their race or socioeconomic status.”