Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in June Medical Services v. Russo that a Louisiana law imposing medically unnecessary restrictions on providers of abortion care must be struck down.
Dr. Kristyn Brandi, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health and ob/gyn in New Jersey issued the following statement:
“Today the Supreme Court of the United States did what it was obligated to do: uphold its past decisions affirming that we all deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion care. I am grateful for the work of advocates, lawyers, and storytellers across the country who worked so hard to make this a reality and protect precedent.
“While we celebrate this moment, we must also acknowledge the real lived experiences of people living in Louisiana and across this country whose access to abortion care is not easy and is not just, especially for people of color. This is true now more than ever as Black communities and other communities of color face disproportionate barriers to health care directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and white supremacy in our education, health care, police, housing, and justice systems.
“Anti-abortion politicians have made it abundantly clear that they will continue to attack our right to make decisions about our bodies, our families, and our futures. We will not accept their status quo; we will keep sharing facts and keep sharing our truth as to why access to abortion care must be centered in our society’s work towards justice. We call on Congress to act in solidarity and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect access to abortion in every state.
…we will keep sharing facts and keep sharing our truth as to why access to abortion care must be centered in our society’s work towards justice.
“We at Physicians for Reproductive Health are dedicated to continuing the work alongside our partners in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements towards a world where no matter your race, income, gender, sexuality, ability, age, or immigration status, you can access compassionate abortion care where you live, at a cost you can afford. We are far from this reality. We will keep moving forward until we can get there.”