The Supreme Court Must Protect Abortion Access in Louisiana

Today, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear June Medical Services vs McGee, a case challenging a Louisiana law that would close every clinic in the state but one.  The law would force doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital near the clinic – a requirement the Supreme Court already found unconstitutional in its landmark 2016 decision on Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt.

The court’s announcement on this case coincides with the one year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice, and it will be the first major abortion case in Kavanaugh’s time on the court.

“Young people already face too many barriers to abortion care, and this clinic shutdown law is making things even worse.  We need to keep working to expand abortion access, not threaten it.  The court must overturn this outrageous law. Kavanaugh should never have been confirmed, but since he was, he now has the obligation to protect the health and safety of people seeking abortion care in this country,” said Debra Hauser, President, Advocates for Youth.

“The Supreme Court already found an identical law unconstitutional in 2016.  And as they proved at that time, young people are moving this country forward, not backward. Youth activists won’t stand for these unnecessary restrictions with no basis in health care,”  continued Hauser.