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ACOG Leads Coalition of Major Medical Organizations in Submitting Amicus Brief in June Medical Services L.L.C. v. Gee

December 3, 2019

Washington, DC — The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) told the Supreme Court again on Monday, December 2 that laws requiring physicians who provide abortions to have hospital admitting privileges are not medically justified. 

ACOG, the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, and a coalition of 13 other medical organizations filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Gee. The case challenges a Louisiana law that requires hospital admitting privileges for physicians who perform abortions. The brief argues that the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a substantially similar law in Texas, should be applied to Louisiana Act 620.

“The Court correctly held that the admitting privileges requirement at issue in Whole Woman’s Health posed an unconstitutional and undue burden on abortion access,” according to the brief. “Laws regulating abortion should be evidence-based and supported by a valid medical justification. Because laws requiring clinicians who provide abortions to have local admitting privileges are neither, this Court should not allow them to stand, regardless of the state from which they originate.”

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case’s oral arguments on March 4, 2020. 

“These laws do nothing to protect women’s health. Instead, they prevent access to safe and legal abortion,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief executive officer of ACOG. “If the court allows the Louisiana law to stand, it leaves open a dangerous avenue through which states can strip women of their constitutional right to abortion care.”
ACOG also led the medical community in submitting an amicus brief in May as the court decided whether it would take up the case. 

“Nothing has changed since 2016, when the Supreme Court found that admitting privileges requirements confer no health or safety benefit to women and instead represent an undue burden on the women seeking care,” said Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD, president of ACOG. “Women in Louisiana and elsewhere should have the same rights as women in Texas, and physicians should be able to practice medicine without unjustified, burdensome legislative interference.”

See the full amicus brief for more information. 

Medical organizations joining ACOG on the brief are the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Nurse Midwives, the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine, and the Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists.

 

 

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. www.acog.org

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