Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Hearing Louisiana Reproductive Rights Case

March 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana’s new abortion law, which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals:

“Louisiana’s law is a clear and intentional violation of the Constitution.  It is explicitly designed to permanently destroy women’s reproductive freedoms and dismantle their right to make their own decisions about their health, bodies and timing and size of their families, and it threatens to imperil the health of countless women.

“Just four years ago, the Supreme Court struck down an identical law in Texas, ruling that the law had ‘no health-related benefits’ and would result in about half of the state’s clinics closing, creating an undue burden on a woman’s access to reproductive health care.  Similarly in the Louisiana case, as the plaintiffs point out, only two doctors in the state would be able to meet the law’s new requirements.  Respect for women, precedent and the Constitution demand that the Court rule again to protect women’s constitutional right to comprehensive health care and reproductive freedoms.

“In Congress, in the courts and in the states, Republicans are engaged in a systematic campaign to take away women’s right to comprehensive health care, family planning and affordable contraception.  The Democratic House will always fight these immoral and dangerous attacks on women’s health and freedoms with all our strength.”