The Supreme Court sent a resounding message to politicians all across the country: Stop trying to make abortion inaccessible.
On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down Louisiana’s medically unnecessary abortion restriction in June Medical Services v. Russo, a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of several independent abortion providers.
The case challenged a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — a restriction identical to a Texas law the Court struck down four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court ruled that under that precedent, the identical Louisiana law — which would have decimated access to abortion in the state — could not stand.
For PPGC patient and advocate Julie-Anna of New Orleans, having an abortion meant having the freedom to choose her own destiny. “I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant,” she said. “I had left home with the hopes of building a life for myself, and now I was facing the possibility of motherhood. I couldn’t imagine it. Despite being raised in an anti-choice household, my desire to live my own life absolutely outweighed everything else.”
“When I talk about my abortion, I’m talking about my life. And my life is possible because I was able to get a procedure,” Julie-Anna said.
While we celebrate this important victory, the fight to protect abortion access is far from over. The latest attack in our service area is Louisiana House Bill 425, a constitutional amendment banning the right to abortion and its funding, which will appear on the ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
If passed, this measure would add language to the Louisiana state constitution that states: “to protect human life, nothing in the present constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” This amendment is unnecessary, harmful, and extreme.
Louisianans have the same rights granted by the U.S. Constitution and deserve to have full bodily autonomy, period. Your support helps protect public policies that ensure access to Planned Parenthood services. Thank you for standing up for access to safe and legal abortion and rejecting restrictions that attempt to strip us of our rights. Together, we can stop the bans.