ASRM Joins Amicus Brief in Abortion Rights Case, June Medical Services v. Gee
Dec 04, 2019
Origin: ASRM Press Release
ASRM, as part of a group of 14 leading national medical and public health organizations including AMA and ACOG, filed an amicus brief this week in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee urging the Court to uphold their ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
June addresses the constitutionality of a Louisiana state law that would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. This law mirrors the Texas law which was declared unconstitutional in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. As in Texas, the Louisiana law would limit the availability of abortion care to one provider in the state, creating an undue burden on women seeking legal abortion.
We argue that medical evidence shows that abortion is extremely safe and that admitting privilege requirements in state law are not medically necessary; they are not the basis of continuity of care, are not evidence of a provider’s competency, and may jeopardize women’s health by limiting access to safe and legal abortion.
The case also presents the opportunity for the Supreme Court to consider the issue of third-party standing for physicians and medical providers to advocate on behalf of their patients.
ASRM President Catherine Racowsky, PhD said, “We are committed to protecting access to all forms of reproductive health care and oppose restrictions on providers that do nothing to increase patient safety while making it more difficult for patients to get the care they need. We want the Court to acknowledge that, as a practical matter, patients often need their health providers to stand up for their rights. As an ethical matter, it is our duty to do so.”