Opponents to the state law told the court that if the new law took affect it would limit abortions in the state to one location, which was the aim of the law…to get around the Supreme Courts formation of a women right to obtain the procedure…
The high court has struck down other efforts by state to set standard for clinic’s so high that they could not be complied with…
This ruling of 5-4 does NOT spell hope for some on the right that though that the Trump picks for the Supreme Court would lead to the overusing of the landmark Roe vs Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States…
A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that Louisiana may not enforce a law that opponents say would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.
The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law — requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — unduly burdens a woman’s access to abortion. The Louisiana law has never been enforced, and the Supreme Court in 2016 found a nearly identical Texas law to be unconstitutional.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s four liberals in blocking the law for now. The majority did not give a reason for granting the stay, as is the court’s custom.
The court’s most conservative members said they would have allowed Louisiana to begin the process of enforcing the law.
In the court’s 2016 decision, it said the admitting privileges requirement “provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”
Hospitalization after an abortion is rare, all sides agree, and the lack of admitting privileges by the doctor who performed the procedure is not a bar to the woman getting needed medical care….
Donald Trump probably made a mistake when he went after the Supreme’s Chief Justice in public….
“We don’t work as Democrats or Republicans,” he has said, a theme he has returned to while trying to strike a delicate balance as the chief justice….