The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo struck down a medically unnecessary clinic shutdown law in Louisiana as unconstitutional.
June v. Russo centered on a dangerous Louisiana law that would have decimated abortion access in the state by requiring doctors to have medically unnecessary admitting privileges at a local hospital. The ruling also affirmed the rights of medical care providers to legally challenge restrictions that adversely affect their patients’ healthcare access.
It was the first major abortion-related case since Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench, putting an intense spotlight on the Republican senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh and who are up for re-election this year in key races that could determine control of the Senate.
The American public overwhelmingly believes decisions about pregnancy should be made by women rather than politicians, including 94% of Democrats, 79% of Independents, and 59% of Republicans and it’s clear in the lead up to the 2020 election that reproductive freedom is both a pivotal campaign issue in the upcoming November election cycle.
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland celebrates this ruling and remains committed to defending the right to legal, safe abortion care in Maryland. We’ve fought for pro-choice policies that both protect Marylanders’ right to abortion care and make our state a safe harbor for patients traveling from states with restrictive, anti-choice laws. While June is a major victory for reproductive justice advocates, there’s still plenty of work to be done in Maryland and across the country to ensure that everyone has the freedom to control their own reproductive health.