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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Statement on Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law

Jun 29, 2020
Press Release

Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo to overturn an unconstitutional Louisiana law restricting access to reproductive health care:                                                                              

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an important victory for women and their doctors. The fact is that Louisiana’s admitting privileges law, and similar efforts in other states, have nothing to do with protecting patients’ health. Instead, they are solely designed to gut access to abortion and reproductive health care even as Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for nearly a half-century. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to once again affirm a woman’s constitutional right to make her own personal and private reproductive health care decisions. However, despite today’s ruling, this right is still far from secure and remains under attack from the Trump Administration, Congressional Republicans, and some state governments. It is more important than ever for Congress to enact legislation ensuring women have equal access to care and retain their right to make their own health care choices.”

As a Member of Congress, and before that as an adoption attorney, Kuster has long been a vocal proponent of protecting women’s reproductive health care. She is an original cosponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from restricting access to abortion without a clear and objective benefit to women’s health. She is also an original cosponsor of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which ensures women and their dependents enrolled in government-backed health insurance plans have coverage for all reproductive care.