Abortion Constitutionality

Briefs Supporting Louisiana’s Admitting Privileges Law Filed with Supreme Court

On March 4, 2020, the US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in June Medical Services v. Gee, which deals with the constitutionality of Louisiana’s law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The state of Louisiana’s brief and the amicus briefs supporting Louisiana were filed in late December 2019 and early in January 2020. Here is a link to the Supreme Court’s docket, which contains links to all of the filings.

The Department of Justice recently filed a brief supporting the constitutionality of Louisiana’s law. The government’s brief also raised the possibility that the Court should overrule the Whole Woman’s Health case, in which the US Supreme Court invalidated a similar Texas law. Here is a link to a story on Scotusblog about the DOJ brief.

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.