Women deserve better than the treatment they received today. In its June Medical Services v. Russo decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the radical abortion agenda by striking down a bipartisan law that protected women.
The law in question should not have been controversial. It was a bipartisan response to the horrors committed by abortionists like the infamous Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was found guilty of manslaughter of a woman who died as a result of an abortion at his hands. He committed many other atrocities toward the women and unborn children in his clinic, treating them not as people but as mere commodities to be exploited.
In light of these horrors, Louisiana’s legislature passed a law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This law, a bipartisan effort and the result of tireless work from the Louisiana Family Forum and other pro-life groups in the state, ensured that women would have the chance to receive continuous care if they suffered physical complications after an abortion.
Soon, abortion clinics filed a lawsuit on behalf of “women” – without actually representing a single woman in the lawsuit. This has never been about women. It has always been about the abortion industry’s bottom line. It’s the same reason the industry defied orders during COVID-19 lockdowns, and it’s the reason the industry will keep fighting against any restriction on abortion.
But today, the majority of the Court failed to recognize any of that. Instead, the Court fell back on an old, unworkable rule that virtually anything hindering access to abortion is an “undue burden” on women.
It’s a far cry from reality –Louisiana’s law was designed to protect women’s lives, not burden them. Today, the Court has allowed the abortion industry to continue putting profits over the health of women, providing sub-standard “care,” and appropriating the voice of its victims by illegitimately speaking for them in Court.
Abortion already creates victims among the unborn, but Justice Alito’s dissent in this case was right: “Today’s decision claims new victims.” Women lose when the abortion industry repeatedly gets a pass on following basic healthcare standards. Women deserve better than that.
Today, some may be left asking: Where do we go from here?
While we are saddened by this decision, it is a clear call to action in three ways.
First, we are called to prayer. As the family of believers, our hope does not rest on any law or decision of the Supreme Court. Our hope rests in the Lord, and we trust Him with the injustices abortion has done to women and millions of their unborn children.
Second, we are called to action in the November 2020 election. Today, five Supreme Court justices agreed to strike down a good law crafted by pro-life lawmakers in Louisiana. But four justices – including both Trump nominees – dissented from the majority’s decision. With one more courageous and conservative justice, today’s outcome likely would have been different. It takes good U.S. Senators to confirm these courageous justices.
Third, good policy work must continue at the state level. It takes prolife lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a good law like Louisiana’s. While the Supreme Court continues to chew on old bones, our mission is to work with good state lawmakers to pass good laws that protect mothers and their babies, and to change the abortion conversation in a way the Court can’t ignore. No matter what, we will continue to fight for the dignity of every human life—including the women the abortion industry continues to exploit.
Will you join us?
Brittany Jones, Esq
Policy and Communications Manager