Chief Justice John Roberts, and liberal-leaning judges on Supreme Court block Louisiana abortion law.
This law would have nearly closed every clinic in the state. The Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have the right to admit patients at nearby hospitals.
The 5-4 ruling is a win for abortion rights advocates, that claimed the law was just an attempt to restrict abortions.
The majority opinion was written by Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote that the majority “consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional.”
Justice Breyer also added, “The evidence also shows that opposition to abortion played a significant role in some hospitals’ decisions to deny admitting privileges.”
The 5-4 ruling came with Chief Justice Roberts unexpectedly voting with the more liberal justices’. This continues an unusual developing trend with Chief Justice Roberts voting liberal. In most recent cases, he upheld the DACA program and sided with an opinion that extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ workers.
Chief Justice Roberts did leave some room for revisiting women’s right to abort. In his notes, he writes “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents,” However, also adding “validity of admitting privileges law depends on numerous factors that may differ from state to state.”
Justice Clarence Thomas once again said Roe should be looked at.
“Roe is grievously wrong for many reasons,” Thomas wrote.
The white houses and Trump administration’s disappointment was made clear by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
In a statement, McEnany said “Instead of valuing fundamental democratic principles, unelected Justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of state governments by imposing their policy preference in favor of abortion to override legitimate abortion safety regulations,”
Also, the Trump administration argued the law “would not create a substantial obstacle to obtaining an abortion for a large fraction of Louisiana women seeking one — let alone all such women,” Principal Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall in court.
President Trump has yet to comment or tweet on the decision. He did tweet about his “95% approval rating amongst republicans” and part of that approval is because of his supreme court appointees.