Supreme Court was right to throw out Louisiana's abortion law

Yolanda Curtis
June 30, 2020

The Supreme Court's latest ruling on the Louisiana abortion law is a prime example of Chief Justice John Roberts' knee-buckling tendencies when pressured by liberal politicians and the mainstream media, Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said Tuesday.

Roberts is no champion of abortion rights, but he is a stickler for precedent and he noted that Louisiana's law could not stand given the Texas decision.

Missouri was the first state in the nation to require doctors providing abortion services to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The Louisiana law "would drastically reduce the number and geographic distribution of abortion providers, making it impossible for many women to obtain a safe, legal abortion in the state", the ruling said. "But, nonetheless, [he] ruled against the law yesterday and as Justice Thomas pointed out this case shouldn't even be in court". The Court agreed to hear the case in October.

The court in June declined to hear a bid by Alabama to revive a Republican-enacted law that would have effectively banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.


In May, it refused to consider reinstating Indiana's ban on abortions performed because of fetal disability or the sex or race of the fetus while upholding the state's requirement that fetal remains be buried or cremated after an abortion.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-choice America, called the decision "a win for women in Louisiana who will continue to have access to the time-sensitive abortion care they need".

In the immigration case, Mr Roberts also joined the four liberals in a 5-4 decision against the administration.

Yet earlier this month the court expanded equal protection rights to gay and transgender people, and sustained protections for certain undocumented immigrants that President Trump had sought to end.

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His ruling came after Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs in Kansas City had previously blocked the law, finding that women's abortion rights were "being denied on a daily basis, in irreparable fashion".

But these rulings are unlikely to stop what Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose lawyers argued the Louisiana case, calls an "avalanche" of anti-abortion laws.

The ERLC, joined by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, contended in a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Louisiana law the "undue burden" test is the incorrect standard for laws that regulate abortion doctors. They say voters should hold Collins accountable this November for supporting Kavanaugh, who dissented from the majority in the case. When Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy retired in 2018, Trump nominated Kavanaugh.

The name of the case is June Medical Services v. Russo.


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