DENVER, CO – This morning, the Supreme Court blocked an anti-abortion law in Louisiana that would have required extreme, medically unnecessary burdens to be put on medical professionals, which would have led to the closure of all or most abortion clinics in the state. House Speaker KC Becker and House Health and Insurance Committee Chair Susan Lontine released the following statements.
“Last year, anti-abortion legislatures around the country took part in a coordinated effort to do away with a woman’s right to choose through restrictive, unnecessary, and extreme restrictions like this law in Lousiana,” said Speaker Becker, D-Boulder. “I’m heartened to see the Supreme Court do the right thing and block this law. First in Roe v. Wade, then in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and now today with the June Medical Services v. Russo decision, the Supreme Court again has ruled that women in America have the right to access abortion without facing an undue burden. I’m proud to be a part of a pro-choice majority at the Colorado legislature that is committed to protecting that right.”
“The combined efforts of anti-abortion legislatures across the country and the Trump Administration’s brute-force appointment of extremist judges like Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court were not enough to undo nearly fifty years of progress on legal, accessible abortions in America,” said Rep. Lontine, D-Denver. “We cannot let our guard down. The anti-woman, anti-choice movement is organized and working every single day to take away a woman’s right to access the full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion, including here in Colorado. We won’t let them win.”