Chairwoman Maloney Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care
Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2020)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo:
“Today, the Supreme Court once again upheld a woman’s fundamental right to abortion in the United States. While I am pleased by the Court’s decision, I remain deeply troubled that nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade affirmed access to legal abortion as a constitutional right, anti-choice officials at every level of government continue to target individuals’ reproductive health and freedom. Last November, I convened a hearing in the Oversight Committee to examine how states like Louisiana are undermining access to comprehensive reproductive health care, and the ways the Trump Administration has emboldened these efforts. As these attacks continue, it is imperative that Congress take action to safeguard access to abortion care in this country.”
The June Medical case examined Louisiana’s state law restricting access to comprehensive reproductive health care by imposing targeted, medically unnecessary regulations on abortion providers.
In 2016, the Supreme Court deemed a similar Texas law unconstitutional in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Today’s ruling reaffirmed the right to abortion in the United States.
On November 14, 2019, the Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing that examined state efforts to undermine access to reproductive health care—like the Louisiana law—and the Trump Administration’s role in emboldening these efforts.