June Medical Services v. Russo

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Description:  Pro-abortion advocates challenged a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to possess admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion facility, in the event a woman must seek hospital care due to post-abortion complications.

US Supreme Court strikes Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act

Monday, June 29, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision Monday in June Medical Services v. Russo to strike down Louisiana’s law requiring abortionists, just like doctors at ambulatory surgical centers, to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals:

“Women can speak for themselves—they don’t need abortion businesses to speak for them. Women seeking abortions have the same right to competent and quality care as patients involved in other surgical procedures. Louisiana’s admitting privileges law protected that right. Louisiana abortion providers went to extraordinary lengths to erase a law that state legislators enacted overwhelmingly, in bi-partisan fashion, to promote the wellbeing of women. Our work to prioritize women’s health and safety over abortion business interests will continue at the federal, state, and local levels.”

ADF attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the high court on behalf of 80 current, former, and incoming Louisiana state legislators who voted for or support the admitting privileges requirement.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Friday, July 03, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2020-01-03: La. legislators tell Supreme Court: Women deserve competent care, abortionists have no right to represent women’s interests 
  • 2019-10-04: US Supreme Court to weigh in on La. law protecting women’s health, safety
  • 2016-02-24: 5th Circuit frees up Louisiana women’s safety law


  • Kristen Waggoner: Supreme Court’s June Medical decision doesn’t end the fight for women’s safety (Townhall, 2020-07-03)
  • Teresa Haney: SCOTUS allows abortion industry to put its interests over women’s health and safety (CNS News, 2020-06-29)
  • Denise Harle: Abortionists challenging safety laws can’t claim to care about women’s safety. They should lose (CNS News, 2020-03-12)
  • Denise Harle: La. abortion law at issue in High Court case protects women (Law360, 2020-03-06)
  • Denise Harle: A long-awaited opportunity to close the loophole on third-party standing (SCOTUSblog, 2020-01-29)
  • Denise Harle: Abortion clinic regulations are about women’s well-being (Baton Rouge Advocate, 2020-01-16)

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