Supreme Court Strikes Louisiana Abortion Law 🏥

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Going with the liberals

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal court justices in a 5 to 4 vote to temporarily block a new Louisiana abortion law. The law would require abortion doctors to have "admitting" privileges for patients at a hospital within 30 miles of where he or she performs an abortion. 

Repeat of Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court ruled against a similar Texas law in 2016 that required abortion clinics to meet hospital standards. With the addition of two new conservative justices, pro-life supporters hoped the Supreme Court would reexamine the decision.


The Atlantic: Brett Kavanaugh Just Declared War on Roe v Wade.

The Nation: Brett Kavanaugh Is Already Done Pretending He Respects Abortion Rights

The left views the decision as only a temporary win and focus on Justice Kavanaugh’s dissent. They believe Kavanaugh is extremely “hostile to women’s health rights”. The articles believe that Kavanaugh’s dissent illustrates that he is ready to chip away at Roe vs. Wade (the ruling that allowed women the right to an abortion).


Washington Examiner: No, John Roberts didn't just prove himself to be pro-Roe

National Review: Observations on the Supreme Court’s Order Blocking Louisiana’s Abortion Law—Part 1

The right view the decision as a minor disappointment and focus largely on Chief Justice John Roberts vote siding with the liberal Supreme Court Justices. They believe that Roberts does not want to undermine a recent court precedent with a full review. 

Where do we stand on abortion laws?

The abortion rights debate will likely continue as states have responded to the conservative-leaning Supreme Court in drastically different ways. Blue states have passed laws to protect and expand abortion rights while red states are looking at laws restricting abortions after a heartbeat has been detected. This particular Louisiana case will likely come in front of the Supreme Court for a full review in the fall of 2019.

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