US Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana’s Anti-Abortion Law

The US Supreme Court continues its string of liberal-oriented decisions with the latest being the takedown of controversial abortion law. Even after it was expected that the new conservative majority will help the anti-abortion lobby, the swing vote of Chief Justice John Roberts again became the deciding factor.

A 5-4 split of the Supreme Court judges moved to strick down a law that abortion doctors in  Louisiana to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Like with the law on LGBTQ+ rights and immigration, Roberts again chose to support the liberal bench.

Albeit, his decision making was based more on following Supreme Court precedents. Meanwhile, the words of the other conservative judges who dissented were way more strongly worded. The deep split in the Supreme Court again became clearly visible for all to see in the open.

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana's Anti-Abortion Law

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Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the plurality opinion.

He said that the law “poses a ‘substantial obstacle’ to women seeking an abortion” and “offers no significant health-related benefits.”

“The law consequently imposes an ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.”

Even though Chief Justice John Roberts was the deciding vote, he refused to sign on to the plurality opinion.

“The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons,” Roberts wrote. “Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana's Anti-Abortion Law

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas denounced the court’s precedents.

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“Those decisions created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution’s text,” he said. “Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled.”

This reflects the deep divide in the court. The Republican control of the Senate and the efforts of President Donald Trump have not yet yielded the desired judgments for the conservative section of the country. It will be interesting to see if things change in any way in the future.

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