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The Supreme Court Could Create a National Nightmare for Abortion Access

Mar 4, 2020

By Imani Gandy

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Louisiana in June Medical Services v. Russo could mean nightmare scenarios for abortion access not just in Louisiana, but in states across the country with Republican-held legislatures.

The Court will hear arguments Wednesday in June Medical Services, a case about the constitutionality of Louisiana Act 620, an admitting privileges law identical to the Texas law the Court struck down four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Even though the Court ruled in Whole Woman’s Health that there was no scientific evidence to support Texas’ claim that laws requiring abortion providers to maintain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital advance and protect the health of pregnant people, Louisiana lawmakers soldiered on. And because the Fifth Circuit went rogue and ignored the extensive lower court findings that the Louisiana law, like the Texas law, provide no medical benefit and that providers in Louisiana were finding it almost impossible to obtain admitting privileges, June Medical Services found itself in the curious position of petitioning the Supreme Court to strike down a law that the Court had already struck down.

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