June Medical Services is one of the Louisiana abortion facilities that won its case at the Supreme Court in June, 2020; the clinic, along with several other pro-abortion groups, had challenged a state law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
The state had argued that its law was in the interest of women’s safety. On Tuesday, Landry said that the court order would allow public access to “critical information” about the safety of women at the abortion clinics.
“For too long, the public has been barred from critical information regarding the safety of women and girls in Louisiana,” Landry stated. “The State has fought for more open access; yet journalists and elected officials alike were prohibited from accessing public facts only because they had become part of the court’s record.”
While allowing some documents to be made public, the court permitted other documents containing sensitive information to remain sealed.
Landry said that previous efforts by June Medical Services, LLC to keep documents sealed was an “affront to the First Amendment.”
He alleged that the abortion clinics were fighting for deregulation even as they were violating health and safety standards.
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Landry said the federal court’s decision was “a victory for transparency and public safety,” and said that he will continue to safeguard women’s health in the state.
Louisiana enacted stricter regulations on abortion records in 2018 and again in 2019. The state increased penalties for the falsification of records at abortion clinics, and required clinics to retain the medical records of women for a longer period of time.
Safety standards at abortion clinics were also the subject of court battles after the 2014 admitting privileges law went into effect.