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Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
For Immediate Release — June 29, 2020
Contact: Laurel Powell, PPGOH Director of Media Relations, [email protected]

Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Ohio Celebrate Victory in June Medical Services L.L.C. v. Russo

COLUMBUS, OH — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services L.L.C. v. Russo, ruling that a Louisiana law requiring that health centers providing abortion services have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital represents an undue burden and is unconstitutional.

Statement from Iris E. Harvey, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Kersha Deibel, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region:

“The Supreme Court just reaffirmed precedent and sided with abortion providers in Louisiana in their case, confirming what we’ve known all along: restricting access to abortion until it is inaccessible is unconstitutional.

Reproductive health is essential, and abortion access is essential, no matter what ZIP code you live in or what state you call home. Today’s decision is a victory for reproductive freedom, but the fight for access to health care is far from over.

We’re committed to supporting patients in Ohio who make the decision to have an abortion. People, not politicians, must be allowed to exercise control over their own bodies. It’s a fundamental human right, and we’ll never stop fighting for it. Our doors, as always, remain open.”

Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:

“That this case even made it to the Supreme Court was the result of decades of political attacks, medically unnecessary laws, and courts packed with judges that are hostile to reproductive rights. While we celebrate with Louisianans in their victory, this isn’t the end of the fight — we’re prepared to defend against whatever opponents of reproductive freedom might still have in store for us.”


About Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio: The mission of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is to protect, promote, and provide empowered health care for generations of people across Ohio. PPGOH serves approximately 63,000 patients annually throughout Ohio including metropolitan areas in Toledo, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, Cleveland, Columbus, and Athens. www.ppgoh.org

About Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region: Serving 20 counties in southwestern Ohio and three in northern Kentucky, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio strengthens the community by providing access to high-quality health care and education that empower people to make informed private decisions about their reproductive lives and sexual health. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.