In a surprise, Court smacks down Louisiana abortion restrictions

And though it wouldn't seem like Louisiana's law has much to do with ME, people online are reminding Sen.

Fox News host of "The Ingraham Angle" said on Tuesday that though President Trump picked two conservative judges for the Supreme Court, Americans are still "paying" for President Bush's "big mistake" in choosing Justice John Roberts, who has a record of siding with liberal opinions. "The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a almost identical Texas law, " Roberts wrote.

The state said the law is to protect patients' health in case of emergencies but abortion providers said it impinges on the right to access reproductive and abortion services.

Instead, Roberts said that he was not prepared to reverse the precedent set by the court's 2016 decision - made before Trump's justices arrived - rejecting an identical Texas law.

Kennedy said, "The process bothers me as much as the result".

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Roberts's alignment with the court's four liberals was striking because he declared that he continues to believe that the 2016 Texas case was "wrongly decided", but that it nonetheless should be adhered to in the Louisiana case.

The question before the court in Monday's ruling was whether Louisiana's 2014 law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals would unduly burden women seeking an abortion.

The decision was the latest blow to social conservatives who, as recently as a few weeks ago, believed that they had the votes to enact their policy preferences at the SCOTUS level-only to find that conservative legal theory is less politically reliable than they had hoped.

Robert's view of the actual Louisiana law, along with the four other conservative justices who opposed the decision, suggests that the court has a potentially decisive five votes supporting other restrictions on abortion. "The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law".

The Texas law struck down in 2016 said the admitting privilege provision did not have a medical benefit.

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"The Louisiana law was directed toward the simple goal of protecting women from danger by placing the most minimal restrictions possible on an abortion industry that insists on laissez-faire for itself and its profits", said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). For that reason, I concur in the judgment of the Court that the Louisiana law is unconstitutional. He also said the court's previous abortion opinions on which the latest ruling was based "created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution's text".

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices did the opposite.

He was joined by Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Neil M. Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas.

Abortion foes have in their sights the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, in which the Supreme Court legalized a woman's right to an abortion.

Justice Samuel Alito argued that Roberts was wrong in his application of stare decisis because the Louisiana and Texas laws are actually different.

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