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June 29, 2020

Today, in a 5-4 plurality decision in June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo, the Supreme Court found unconstitutional a Louisiana law requiring admitting privileges for physicians conducting abortions in the state. Stroock filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of congressional Democrats and in support of the Petitioners, June Medical Services, LLC, represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, who challenged the constitutionality of the Louisiana law.

Like other amicus briefs filed in the case, Stroock’s brief focused on the importance of the rule of law and stare decisis.  These concepts were ultimately a focus of Justice Roberts’ opinion concurring in the judgment authored by Justice Breyer, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor.

The brief was signed by 197 members of Congress, led by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer, in support of June Medical Services’ bid to strike down Louisiana’s Act 620, which requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The Stroock team includes Claude Szyfer, Kevin Curnin, Shelli Pahmer, Pamela Takefman, Julie Matos and Nicole Fiore.