For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Stanley Augustin, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, saugsutin@lawyerscommittee.org  or 202.487.8296

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Louisiana Abortion Case

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will review a Fifth Circuit decision in June Medical Services v. Gee concerning Act 620, a Louisiana law that would require an abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the site of an abortion. 

Dariely Rodriguez, Director of the Economic Justice Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response:

"There is a coordinated campaign underway in states that seek to gut Roe v. Wade and subsequent precedents of the Court that affirm a women's right to an abortion. Louisiana's law impose draconian and burdensome restrictions on a women's right to an abortion in a state with one of the largest Black populations and with some of the highest racial health care disparities. No doubt, Louisiana's law would have an especially stark impact on low-income Black women and women of color. The Supreme Court should adhere to its precedents and reject this law as plainly unconstitutional."

Rodriguez continued, "President Trump vowed to remake the judiciary by nominating judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. No doubt, states like Louisiana are seeking to exploit this moment by proposing laws intended to collide with decades of settled Supreme Court precedents."

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