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For Immediate Release


Stanley Augustin, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,  or 202.487.8296

Press Release

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Louisiana Abortion Case


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."


The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

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