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NARAL Pro-Choice America Responds to Supreme Court Decision in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo

Following ruling in abortion case, NARAL calls out Maine Senator Susan Collins for casting deciding vote for Brett Kavanaugh and rubber-stamping Donald Trump's other extremist judicial nominees


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. The law threatened to decimate abortion access in Louisiana, where access is already extremely restricted.

In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:

"Today's decision is a win for women in Louisiana who will continue to have access to the time-sensitive abortion care they need. It's a win for truth and fact-based decision making, as even a Court tilted so far right couldn't ignore the concrete arguments and data showing that public health is compromised by these burdensome restrictions on abortion. Finally, today's decision shows that advocates can make a difference. Support for Roe v. Wade is at an all-time high in this country and so many made their voices heard through this process. The Court's legitimacy in the eyes of the public will be threatened if they follow through on Trump's promise to end legal abortion.

This win, however, doesn't change the simple fact that reproductive freedom in the United States remains on the line thanks to anti-choice extremists who have shown time and again that they will stop at nothing to advance their dangerous ideological agenda and a Court still looking for ways to accommodate them.

Susan Collins, who has long masqueraded as a supporter of reproductive freedom in the Senate, cast the deciding vote for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Throughout Kavanaugh's nomination process, Susan Collins falsely claimed that he posed no threat to abortion rights and would respect precedent. Today's decision makes crystal-clear just how deep her betrayal of women and families in Maine really was, with Kavanaugh siding with the minority to uphold this restrictive anti-choice law. Following Kavanaugh's vote today and come November, she'll have to answer for throwing our rights, our lives, and our well-being under the bus. Unlike Susan Collins, Mainers are clear about their values - they support reproductive freedom and want to see a champion for women and families represent their values in the Senate. That champion is Sara Gideon, who will never stop fighting for our rights."

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) cast the deciding vote for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, claiming repeatedly that he would respect precedent, but in today's decision he made clear his willingness to overturn precedent to advance his anti-choice, anti-freedom agenda. NARAL Pro-Choice America today released a video outlining Sen. Collins' betrayal of her constituents when she voted to confirm Kavanaugh.

June Medical Services LLC v. Russo challenged a dangerous Louisiana law that would have gutted abortion access in the state by requiring doctors to have medically unnecessary admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The clinic shutdown law at issue in the case was identical to one blocked in a previous case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, decided by the Supreme Court in 2016 before Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joined the Court. These restrictions are based on disinformation pushed by the anti-choice, anti-freedom movement that falsely claims restrictions like this help women, though there is no medical benefit to mandating admitting privileges and they do nothing to make women safer. In truth, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that abortion care is extremely safe and leading medical experts oppose these restrictions because they block "access to quality, evidence-based medicine."

This case puts an intense spotlight on Senator Susan Collins, who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, tipping the balance of the Court to anti-choice control. Collins has rubber-stamped Donald Trump's extremist agenda by helping him to stack the federal judiciary with judges hostile to Roe v. Wade and determined to gut or overturn the constitutional right to abortion.

In Maine, almost a quarter (24%) of Maine women live in counties with no abortion clinics, but Mainers have more access to abortion than in many other states thanks to their pro-choice governor and state legislature.

In 2019, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Janet Mills delivered on their promise to protect access to reproductive healthcare by passing and signing into law a bill (LD 1261) that removed unnecessary barriers to allow qualified and trusted providers to provide abortion care.

The anti-choice movement has spent decades working overtime to decimate access to abortion, state by state, law by law. This Louisiana law was just one part of a coordinated effort by the anti-choice radical right to gut Roe v. Wade and advance their agenda of power and control. Since 2011, anti-choice politicians have pushed nearly 450 laws restricting reproductive freedom through state legislatures.

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.