On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court decided on June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo. In a very close 5-4 vote, the Court voted to uphold the District Court’s judgment that Louisiana Act 620 was unconstitutional because “enforcing the admitting-privileges requirement would drastically reduce the number and geographic distribution of abortion providers, making it impossible for many women to obtain a safe, legal abortion in the State and imposing substantial obstacles on those who could” (June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, p. 3). The Supreme Court wrote in their syllabus that part of the District Court’s evidence was the testimony from laypersons and witnesses that the burden of travel would be mostly on poor women (June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, p. 4).
Since the decision of Roe v. Wade, conservatives have repeatedly tried to take away abortion rights not because the are pro-life, but because they don’t believe women should have bodily autonomy, even while pregnant. This is evident in the case of Marshae Jones, who was indicted for felony manslaughter in May 2019, after she miscarried due to being shot in the abdomen (“Woman Indicted For Manslaughter After Death of Her Fetus, May Avoid Prosecution”). We are not allowed to have a miscarriage without the fear of prosecution in conservative states like Alabama, where Jones lived.
While we are still fighting with conservatives on abortion issues, we have won another battle in the fight of reproductive freedom. There is still more work to be done, there will always be more work to be done, but take the moment to celebrate win by drinking a glass of wine. Tomorrow, we are back at it.