Maloney Statement on SCOTUS Arguments in Reproductive Rights Case

Mar 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), released the following statement today as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo.

“Without access, our constitutionally protected right to abortion is moot – and that is exactly the goal of the Louisiana law on trial today. This unnecessary and burdensome law from Louisiana is effectively identical to the Texas law that was struck down just three years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Like its twin, this Louisiana law has no medical or scientific justification. It is simply part of a nationally coordinated anti-choice campaign to deny patients their right to an abortion. We cannot and will not let that happen.

“This law, and those like it across the country, put women’s lives at risk and disproportionately impact women of color and poor women. This is especially cruel in a state like Louisiana that already has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation. When lawmakers in Louisiana and other states like Mississippi, Kansas and Oklahoma pass laws requiring hospital admitting privileges, they know doctors will be denied – and clinics will close. That is the purpose of these laws – to skirt around Roe v. Wade.

“The law and legal precedent are on our side. The ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt means that politicians cannot impose these arbitrary restrictions on abortion access that have no health or safety benefits. As we continue to fight these anti-choice efforts across the country and in the courts, I also remain committed to the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act to put an end to laws that seek to cut patients off from reproductive healthcare, including abortion. Access to medical care – including reproductive care – should not depend on your zip code.”