June Medical Services: A Precarious Victory

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Demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court during oral arguments for June Medical Services LLC v. Russo on March 4, 2020. (Victoria Pickering / Flickr)

A collective sigh of relief could be heard among abortion rights advocates yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo.  A narrow, 5-4 majority of the Court struck down a Louisiana admitting privileges law that would have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to one, and limited the capacity of abortion providers by 55-70 percent.

The Louisiana law at issue in June Medical was a virtual replica of a Texas admitting privileges law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt nearly four years ago to the day.

Many legal scholars and court-watchers—including me—predicted that the second time might be a…

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