ASRM One of Ten National Health Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Find Louisiana Law Unconstitutional
May 21, 2019
Origin: ASRM BULLETIN Volume 21, Number 6
Today, ASRM joined with nine other healthcare organization, led by ACOG, to file an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in the case June Medical Services LLC v. Rebekah Gee.
In September 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring that physicians providing abortion care have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. The Louisiana law they upheld is virtually identical to the Texas law found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Whole Women’s Health vs. Texas in 2016.
We are requesting that the US Supreme Court grant review and overturn the Fifth Circuit’s judgement. Last Thursday, the Court issued a stay blocking enforcement of the law until it decides whether to hear the case. If the Court decides not to hear the case, its stay will expire automatically, and the Louisiana law will immediately go into effect.
ASRM President Peter Schlegel, MD said, “ASRM is committed to protecting patient safety and the ability of its members to provide the most appropriate care to their patients. The requirements of the law in question do nothing to increase patient safety; instead, they create conditions that could be manipulated to obstruct medically-appropriate abortion care in Louisiana. We hope that the Supreme Court chooses to follow the precedent it set in Whole Women’s Health and strikes down this law.”