Access to abortion care is under threat more than ever. The looming Supreme Court decision puts Louisiana’s three remaining clinics at serious risk of closing — and all three clinics in Louisiana are independent clinics. If Louisiana goes, many other clinics across our country will too. The time is now to protect and support brave independent abortion care providers and the compassionate, dignified abortion care they provide to their communities every day.
On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical v. Russo, the case challenging a medically unnecessary admitting privileges law in Louisiana. The law requires physicians who provide abortion care to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. This law lacks any medical benefit to patients seeking abortion care and is a deceptive ploy to shut down clinics. What’s more — the law in question is identical to the Texas law that was already ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016.