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TxPEP & Other Researchers File Amicus Brief on Louisiana Admitting Privileges Case

Tue, December 3, 2019
TxPEP & Other Researchers File Amicus Brief on Louisiana Admitting Privileges Case

TxPEP and other social scientists filed an amicus brief on December 2, 2019, urging the Supreme Court of the United States to reject Louisiana’s law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals. The brief points to the body of scientific evidence on these restrictions showing that admitting privileges are medically unnecessary and that laws that create barriers to abortion services harm, rather than improve, women’s health. 

Louisiana’s admitting privileges law is identical to a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court just three years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

“In Texas, we have already seen the impact of laws requiring admitting privileges,” said Dr. Kari White, principal investigator of TxPEP and Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. “Our research shows that clinic closures following enforcement of the law created more barriers to abortion in Texas, which led to unnecessary delays for some women and prevented others from getting care. The Supreme Court should consider the volume of evidence, as it did when it decided Texas’ law was unconstitutional.

The law will be reviewed in the Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Gee, which will be heard on March 4, 2020. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on June Medical Services v. Gee by June 2020. 

To read the full brief, click here. To read the press release, click here.

Published 12-3-19

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