Celebrating abortion providers as a Supreme Court decision looms
The future of abortion access is at stake in a critical case heard on March 4, 2020, by the US Supreme Court. In June Medical Services v. Russo, one of Louisiana's remaining abortion clinics challenged a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The Supreme Court already determined in 2016's Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt that such requirements have no health benefits and serve only to create additional burdens to accessing abortion care. The state of Louisiana is not only asking the court to uphold the law, but is throwing a wrench in the works that could upend the ability to challenge abortion restrictions in court.
Louisiana has asked the court to rule that doctors and clinics no longer have standing to challenge abortion restrictions on behalf of their patients. They base their arguments on the flawed notion that abortion providers' interests are in conflict with their patients' needs. If Louisiana wins on this aspect of this case, it would have serious consequences for the ability to challenge these laws that have no basis in medicine or scientific evidence. The burden would fall to pregnant patients to take on protracted court battles to protect their access to care.
Bixby providers and friends of Bixby shared their stories of why they provide abortion care with the #MyRightMyDecision coalition that is educating and mobilizing people in response to the case.
Dr. Sara Whetstone shares a story of the day her grandmother, who grew up with limited choices in the segregated South, told her how proud she is of her work as an ob-gyn:
Dr. Stephanie Frazin talks about how her core belief in supporting people in making the decisions that are right for them aligns with her work as an abortion provider:
Dr. Meg Autry discusses how the barriers she saw women facing in the South and in the military inspired her to provide abortion care:
Dr. Valerie French shares how proud she is to provide women accurate information and support: