Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Today In High-Profile Abortion Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a high profile abortion case-- June Medical Services v. Russo. At issue is the constitutionality of the Louisiana Unsafe Abortion Protection Act which requires any abortion provider to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where abortions are performed. In March 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily upheld a preliminary injunction issued by the district court preventing the Act from going into effect. In September 2018, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court and upheld the statute. In January 2019, the full 5th Circuit, by a vote of 6-9, denied en banc review. Plaintiff appealed the substantive holding to the Supreme Court. The state cross-appealed the grant of third-party standing to the abortion clinic plaintiff. (See prior posting.) Meanwhile in February 2019 the Supreme Court stayed the 5th Circuit's decision pending appeal to the Supreme Court, with four justices dissenting. The SCOTUS blog case page has links to all the filings (including dozens of amicus briefs) in the case, as well as to commentary on the case.

I will post a link to the transcript of the oral arguments when they become available later today.