Sanborn lauds U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting reproductive rights

Posted: June 29, 2020 | Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services, Senator Heather Sanborn

AUGUSTA — The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday, June 29 striking down needless restrictions and protecting reproductive rights. Sen. Heather Sanborn, D-Portland, who serves as Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services, issued the following statement:

“While this ruling from the Supreme Court is more than welcome, it’s disheartening that the right to access reproductive health care is still being questioned in our country. Reproductive health care, including abortion, is health care — period. Limiting access to safe abortion services only harms patients, especially low-income and at-risk people. For decades, Americans have been saying loud and clear that we will not go back to a time when women were forced to choose between an unwanted or unsafe pregnancy and a back-alley abortion. Today’s decision is an important benchmark to prevent backsliding, but we must continue to be vigilant. Reproductive health care is a human right, and we must make sure our legal systems treat it as such.”

In the 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required doctors at women’s health clinics to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals. This restriction would have shuttered all but one clinic in the state.