Supreme Court to hear critical abortion case in March

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 27th, 2019 9:35 am
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Last Updated Nov 27th, 2019 at 9:58 am

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear oral arguments for a critical abortion access case from Louisiana on March 4, 2020.

The court has agreed to hear June Medical Services v. Gee, which revolves around Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act," a 2014 law not currently in effect. The law would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

If the law were to go into effect, all of Louisiana's abortion clinics would close.

"All eyes must be on the Supreme Court come March. This case will have lasting consequences for abortion access across the country," Nancy Northup, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), said in an email statement to CBS News on Tuesday. "Many states have been openly defying Supreme Court decisions in an effort to criminalize abortion. At this critical juncture, the Court needs to set those states straight."

CRR represents June Medical Services, which runs one of the state's last three abortion providers. The center filed its opening brief on Monday. Louisiana's Attorney General's office has until December 26 to file a response.

A similar Texas law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016.