SCOTUS Weighing Louisiana’s Landmark Abortion Case

Mar 13, 2020

doctor with a pregnant woman
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what some say is the most important abortion case since 2016’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case is June Medical Services v. Russo concerning a Louisiana law similar but not identical to a Texas law that the Court held unconstitutional.

The Louisiana law, known as the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility in the event of life-threatening complications.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit concluded that the Louisiana law did not impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to an abortion, and now the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing in.

This case makes pro-abortion advocates nervous because they contend that upholding the law would further restrict abortion access.

But writing about the case, Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet said, “Ultimately, this case is not about the availability of abortion in this one state. It’s about the nearly unique status abortion laws hold in our country. Unlike virtually every other right, such as freedom of speech or of religion, any limitation on abortion, no matter how small, is considered a mortal threat to ‘abortion rights’ and cast as part of a ‘war on women.’”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who attended the oral arguments, is hopeful that “the Court will affirm the right of states to provide oversight and regulation of abortion clinics, treating them like every other outpatient surgery center.”

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court is expected this summer.

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