The National Women’s Law Center, alongside law firm partner Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case June Medical v. Gee on behalf of itself and 72 additional organizations committed to full legal, economic, and social equality for women and others with capacity for pregnancy and their families. This brief highlights the ways in which abortion restrictions like Louisiana’s admitting privileges law impinge on women’s right to liberty by unduly burdening their right to decide whether to carry a pregnancy to term and undermining their equality. The brief explains that such abortion restrictions threaten women’s economic security, reinforce antiquated stereotypes about gender roles in society, and deny women’s equal participation in social and economic life. Such laws impose significant and, at times, insurmountable costs that threaten women’s financial well-being, job security, workforce participation, educational attainment, health, personal security, and autonomy.  These costs have particularly detrimental effects on low-income women, women living in poverty, women of color, women who already have children, women subjected to intimate partner violence, and transgender and non-binary individuals.

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