Tuesday, December 3, 2019
(December 2, 2019):
Yesterday, 27 amicus briefs were filed with the Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Gee . The case asks the Court to determine the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. Although the Court found a similar provision unconstitutional in the 2016 case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the 5th Circuit upheld the Louisiana provision. June v. Gee will be the Court's first opportunity to decide an abortion case since Justice Gorsuch and Kavanaugh joined the Court.
The briefs were filed in support of June Medical's position that the law is unconstitutional and reflect a broad range of interests and perspectives. In addition to briefs filed by constitutional law experts, federal court scholars and the ABA, two briefs were filed on behalf of women who have had abortions. Other amici include: reproductive justice organizations and scholars, Civil Rights, Women's Rights and LGBTQ organizations, reproductive health organizations, medical professionals, social science organizations, members of Congress, former federal officials and 21 states and the District of Columbia. Catholics for Choice submitted a brief on behalf of religious organizations from a broad range of faiths. The case is scheduled for oral argument on March 4.