Controversial Louisiana Abortion Case Hits Supreme court. A controversial case involving abortion is befor the Supreme Court Wednesday in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. The case is linked to a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to grant privileges in the event of an emergency to local hospitals.
June Medical Services is a piggy-back off Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which questioned similar legislation in Texas.
Proponents of abortion are opposed to these rules, arguing they constitute an undue burden on women seeking abortion.
The aim of the laws is not to impose barriers to obtaining abortion, but rather to protect the lives of women seeking abortion and to ensure the availability of medical professionals.
Controversial Louisiana Abortion Case Hits Supreme court
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in June Medical Services v. Russo about the 2014 Louisiana abortion law requiring the admission of privileges to nearby hospitals for abortion providers. June Medical Services argues that the law imposes an undue burden on women seeking abortion and is similar to a Texas law which the Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional for four years.
There is an issue raised by respondent Russo about third party status. June claims they are standing up, pointing to similar cases where abortion clinics have been found standing by the court. Justice Samuel Alito insisted on the standing issue, questioning why the lawsuit did not involve women. The petitioner’s attorney replied that they had standing since the law imposes penalties on physicians such as the ones who work at June Medical Services.
June’s counsel went on to argue that the legislation had no state intent, and that there was no justification for separating it from the precedent. The respondent’s counsel tried to disprove this by appealing to Louisiana’s regulatory system and pointing out that the abortion law was merely following the state’s rules for surgery and other procedures.
7In rebuttal, petitioner’s attorney said that admitting privileges serve no medical purpose and that they had been abolished in federal law so there was no reason to maintain them and uphold this abortion law. A decision is expected by the end of June.
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Controversial Louisiana Abortion Case Hits Supreme court.
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