Last month, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) signed on to an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) filed by our allies at the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) in an important abortion case to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States this spring.
The case, June Medical Services v. Gee, is a constitutional challenge to a 2014 Louisiana law requiring every abortionist to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where he or she performs abortion procedures. Abortion advocates have argued that the law places an “undue burden” upon the so-called “right” to abortion by making it more difficult for women to access abortion services. The LFF brief, however, urges the Court to uphold the Louisiana law on the grounds that it is abortion-neutral, generally applicable, and furthers the state’s substantial interests in protecting maternal health and unborn human life.
NYCF is thankful for the opportunity to stand for life with our friends in Louisiana. We are also thankful for pro-life allies who have made their voices heard in this case. Those allies include 207 members of Congress who recently filed their own amicus brief in support of the Louisiana law. The signers from New York included Reps. Peter King (NY-2) and Lee Zeldin (NY-1).
Oral arguments in June v. Gee are scheduled for March 4, 2020.