June Medical Services v. Russo and the Work that Remains for Underserved Populations

Executive Summary

On June 29th, the Supreme Court ruled in June Medical Services vs. Russo that Louisiana’s admitting privileges law is unconstitutional and blocked it from taking effect. This win for reproductive health advocates means that abortion clinics can remain open to serve patients who need abortion care in Louisiana and in several other states where similar laws have been enacted. Advocates for reproductive health, rights, and justice, including the National Health Law Program, are relieved by the decision, but we also know that we must do more work to expand abortion access for individuals who are low-income, BIPOC, as well as LGTBQ-GNC. Today and always, abortion is essential, time-sensitive health care that is constitutionally protected but not as accessible as it should be.

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