New Orleans--The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) today turned its back on nearly 50 years of legal precedence, and in doing so has harmed millions of people, who no longer will have access to abortion services. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the court has denied a pregnant person’s right to bodily autonomy and to make critical health care decisions that impact their life and their future.
Each year, Louisiana funnels more than a million taxpayer dollars to the Alternatives to Abortion Initiative (AAI), a network of anti-abortion pregnancy centers that do not directly provide medical services. Rather, these centers push inaccurate medical information and religious content using tax dollars. There is no oversight of this program, no accountability for the contractors and subcontractors, and no reporting that indicates this program is meeting the goals of the state or federal programs that are providing the funding.
Last week the Supreme Court granted requests to hear the challenges to SB 8, the law which has decimated abortion access in Texas, setting oral arguments in both cases for November 1. The Court decided NOT to block the law while they consider these cases. We look forward to patients and providers having their day in court, but it’s devastating that the Supreme Court has allowed this blatantly unconstitutional law to remain in place.