SCOTUS Defends Abortion Access—But the Battle is Far from Over

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In front of the Supreme Court during June Medical Services v. Russo oral arguments on March 4. (Victoria Pickering / Flickr)

In a decision that echoes precedent of an identical case in Texas four years ago, the Supreme Court issued a ruling today that will allow Louisiana’s three abortion clinics to stay open. 

The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, challenged a medically unnecessary law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital—even though serious complications during abortion are extremely rare and very few patients require treatment at hospitals.

At a press conference this morning, the case’s litigators acknowledged that this ruling represented a victory for abortion access in a state with some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country.

However, the fight is far from over. Julie Rikelman, senior director…

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