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Attorney General’s Office Defending Louisiana’s Pro-Woman Admitting Privileges Law Tomorrow at SCOTUS

Solicitor General Liz Murrill to present oral argument, fight for State’s right to protect health and safety of women

BATON ROUGE, LA – Tomorrow, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office will appear before the United States Supreme Court in June Medical Group vs. Russo. Solicitor General Liz Murrill will present oral argument in defense of Act 620, a bipartisan 2014 law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Here’s what you need to know about the law and the case:

  • Louisiana Act 620 is not Texas H.B. 2, and June Medical Services vs. Russo is not Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt; our facts, our evidence, and our generally applicable medical regulations are all different.
    • Louisiana’s law does not force clinic closures.
    • Louisiana abortion providers are able to obtain admitting privileges – if they provide competent care.
    • Louisiana did not single out abortion providers.
    • Louisiana provided abundant state-specific evidence of the purpose and the benefits of admitting privileges.
    • Louisiana did not impose criminal penalties against providers or women.
  • Louisiana Act 620 was bipartisan legislation, led by women. Authored by Representative Katrina Jackson (Democrat, Monroe) and carried by Senator Regina Barrow (Democrat, Baton Rouge), the bill passed both legislative bodies nearly unanimously (88-5 in the House and 34-3 in the Senate).
  • Louisiana Act 620 is a reasonable, common-sense safety measure. It is necessary because Louisiana abortion providers have a long, documented history of medical malpractice, disciplinary actions, and violations of health and safety standards.
  • In September 2018, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit distinguished Louisiana Act 620 from Texas H.B. 2, which was struck down by the United States Supreme Court in June 2016.
    • In January 2019, by a 9-6 vote, the Fifth Circuit preserved the previous ruling in Louisiana’s favor.
  • In October 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider the merits of Louisiana’s pro-woman admitting privileges law and Louisiana’s challenge to the third-party standing of abortion providers to bring these types of challenges in the first place.

“Louisiana abortion providers have a record of non-compliance with basic safety regulations, and now they want a special exemption from generally-accepted medical standards that apply to similar surgical procedures in our State,” said General Landry. “Women seeking abortions deserve better than that; they should have the same assurance of prompt and proper care in the event of complications.”


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