|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2020
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
Supreme Court Revisits Hellerstedt Decision in Oral Arguments of June Medical Services v. Russo
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo. The case involves a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform an abortion. The law was introduced in 2014 by Democratic State Representative Katrina Jackson and passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities (88-5 in the State House and 34-3 in the State Senate). Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its research arm, Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), have filed amicus briefs in the case.
“The Supreme Court’s tragic Hellerstedt decision struck down reasonable, sorely needed standards to protect women who undergo abortion, including requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The abortion industry needs this oversight, having shown no interest or ability to self-regulate. In revisiting this issue, we hope to see the Court respect the right of state lawmakers to protect women and girls. Abortionists – not women – are fighting against these protections. They represent their own interest, not the health and safety of women.”
“Commonsense, bipartisan laws like this one are needed now more than ever. But tellingly, each and every Democrat presidential candidate advocates for unregulated abortion on demand until birth, paid for by taxpayers,” added Dannenfelser. “Their radical position is out of step with the views of the majority of Americans.”
CLI President Chuck Donovan added:
“Our brief, written by Prof. Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas, shows that women have ‘little or no appetite’ to challenge laws that are aimed at maintaining their own health and safety. Its extensive historical analysis makes clear that it is abortionists, not women, who continue to attack commonsense measures like this Louisiana law. We seek to protect lives of women and those in the womb, as does our partner in this brief, Concerned Women for America.”
A 2016 Marist poll found that 70 percent of Americans want doctors who perform abortions to be required to have hospital admitting privileges, including 71 percent of women, 77 percent of millennials, 78 percent of Latinos, and 71 percent of self-described “pro-choice” Americans.
SBA List and CLI have continually documented cases of negligence and abuse within the abortion industry.
SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.