BOSTON, Mass. – The United States Supreme Court will today hear oral arguments in June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo. The Court will be asked to decide the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that forces physicians providing abortion care to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. This law will not protect patients as claimed, it will do exactly what it is intended to do: implement medically unnecessary barriers to abortion and force clinics to shut down. In 2016, the Court, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, struck down an identical Texas law finding that it placed an undue burden on the right to choose.
The ROE Act Coalition issued the following statement on the oral arguments for June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, taking place today at the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Courts around the country have found that laws like Louisiana’s are medically unnecessary barriers to abortion care that do nothing to protect patients’ health. Laws like this are designed to block access to abortion by forcing clinics to shut down and have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to access the medical care they need. The Supreme Court should put an end to this political interference with personal health care decisions and strike down Louisiana’s unconstitutional law.
“No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts must blaze a path forward by swiftly passing the ROE Act. Across our state, many people face serious obstacles as a result of our outdated abortion laws: laws that force vulnerable young people to get permission from a judge to access care; laws that make families fly across the country to get the care they need; laws that can make it impossible for some people to live a life of their own making. Massachusetts must take meaningful action to improve the lives of all Bay Staters by passing the ROE Act.”