The Supreme Court and Louisiana’s admitting privileges law

In June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of Louisiana’s law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In so doing, the court distinguished the US Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which involved a similar Texas law.

The plaintiffs have asked the US Supreme Court to stay the ruling of the Fifth Circuit and block the enforcement of the Louisiana law. The Supreme Court will soon, perhaps on Thursday February 7, rule on the plaintiffs’ application for a stay. The Court’s ruling on the application for a stay could be tremendously important for the future of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Here is a link  to a good piece by David French exploring the implications.


Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.