Supreme Court blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Trump at the State of the Union

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Trump at the State of the Union

The court's action, however, is only a pause.

An abortion business, Hope Medical Group, had gone to court to challenge the law's requirement that abortionists have "admitting privileges" at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion business. "Precedent" takes a backseat to conservative ideology, and Kavanaugh joining three other conservative justices to rule that Louisiana does not have to adhere to the precedent set in the Texas case is the clearest indicator of how the conservative Supreme Court really views its job. It could well be the biggest abortion case of the current Supreme Court.

Some may even be willing to reverse the 1973 Roe vs Wade precedent that established a constitutional right to abortion throughout the US.

Louisiana now has three abortion clinics and four abortion doctors, only one of whom has the admitting privileges required by Louisiana's (yet to be enforced) law. "And if so, then the new law would not impose an undue burden".

The new justice didn't join three colleagues who are clearly opposed to abortion.

The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law - requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals - unduly burdens women's access to abortion.

"We urge the court to grant cert in this case so that the justices can take a closer look at the facts themselves and let the law stand. Louisiana legislators on both sides of the aisle enacted this law to protect women from the abortion lobby which repeatedly puts profit over health and safety standards, and has proven incapable of policing itself". Had Kavanaugh written that Louisiana "pinky promised to not violate the law", his reasoning would have been no less absurd. The fact of the matter is that four of the five conservative justices on the Supreme Court voted yesterday to assert that Supreme Court precedent can be ignored on this subject (SCOTUS can overrule its own precedent, it typically just takes more logic than "the offender promised they wouldn't do the unconstitutional thing that they already tried to do"). "Essentially, he argues that there isn't yet any evidence that the Louisiana law will have any immediate effect on abortion access". It was blocked after U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held a hearing and found that the state law is a remedy for "a problem that does not exist".

The Center for Reproductive Rights, an abortion rights group that represents the challengers, said the law could lead to the closure of two of the three abortion clinics operating in Louisiana, a state of more than 4.6 million people. As such, they warn that Act 620 is effectively a stealth measure to eliminate abortion in Louisiana.

The court will nearly certainly agree to give the case a full review in the autumn, and at that point it could issue a formal opinion affirming a lower-court's decision to uphold the law - and opening the door for similar restrictions to be enacted in other states. "Here, only one doctor at one clinic is now unable to obtain privileges", Judge Jerry Smith wrote for the panel, reported the Wall Street Journal.

"Texas doctors could not gain privileges, all but 8 of 40 clinics closed". Increasingly concerned about the Supreme Court's credibility and the appearance of partisanship, Roberts joined up for the first time to protect abortion rights, something previously unimaginable.

"Paging Senator Collins-this is on you", UltraViolet declared on Twitter after the high court's 5-4 decision. "If we denied the stay, that question could be readily and quickly answered without disturbing the status quo or causing harm to the parties or the affected women, and without this Court's further involvement at this time", Kavanaugh writes.

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