SIECUS demands SCOTUS affirm the constitutional right to abortion
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2020
Contact: Zach Eisenstein
Phone: (202) 265-2405 ext 3330
(Washington, DC) – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States began hearing oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services v. Gee), a major abortion rights case challenging a proposed law that would decimate abortion access in the state of Louisiana. Christine Soyong Harley, SIECUS’ President & CEO, released the following statement in response:
“We are outraged by anti-abortion zealots’ continued attempts to deny people access to safe and legal abortion. And we are particularly frustrated to see this harmful clinic shutdown law make its way to our nation’s highest court after an identical law in Texas was already ruled unconstitutional in 2016. If this law were to take effect, all but one clinic in the state of Louisiana would be forced to close, making access to care next to impossible for most Louisianans. Additionally, if passed, we know that several other states would likely follow suit–jeopardizing access to necessary care for people all across the country.
At SIECUS, we believe that everyone has the right to learn about, understand, and access the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services–including abortion care. And we are proud to join our partners and fellow advocates, all across the country, in fighting back against this blatant attack on a person’s right to bodily autonomy. We are the majority. And this will not stand.”
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change has served as the national voice for sex education for 55 years, asserting that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. Through policy, advocacy, education, and strategic communications efforts, SIECUS advances sex education as a vehicle for social change—working toward a world where all people can access and enjoy sexual and reproductive freedom as they define it for themselves.