Supreme Court Temporarily Suspends Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

Supreme Court Temporarily Suspends Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

Supreme Court Temporarily Suspends Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

He's trying to save the GOP from itself.

Late-night rulings that touched on abortion, the death penalty and religious rights provided new insight into the alliances on the reconstituted Supreme Court and showed that even when justices try to avoid controversy, controversy finds them. Kavanaugh's opinion argues that if the other three doctors aren't able to get admitting privileges, that could present an "undue burden" to abortion access (the standard set up under Roe v. Wade and recently affirmed in the Texas case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt).

Pro-lifers were naturally outraged.

If Roberts is so intent on undermining abortion rights, why the drama?

Abortion advocates celebrated the ruling, calling it a step forwards for women's rights, while pro-life leaders excoriated the decision, which they said provides opportunities for more unsafe abortion procedures. But he doesn't want to just jump into it, as the other four justices on the right did, without making it seem like they've considered the issue carefully. These votes are the ultimate proof that the non-Roberts conservatives view the Supreme Court as a political body, and adhering to legal precedent comes secondary to enforcing the conservative view of the law. The best way to find out which prediction was right, he added, would be to let the law take effect. While a federal judge struck down the law, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit reversed the decision in a 2-1 ruling in September.

Some may even be willing to reverse the 1973 Roe vs Wade precedent that established a constitutional right to abortion throughout the US.

Critics of the law argue it would severely limit access to abortion services in Louisiana by disqualifying the small handful of clinics that perform the procedures. There would be at most two doctors who could meet its requirements, they said. As a result of TRAP laws, there are now multiple states with only a single abortion provider. The stay will remain in place until the Supreme Court decides whether or not to hear the case challenging the Louisiana law on its merits. "And in that circumstance, the Louisiana law as applied would not impose an undue burden under Whole Woman's Health", Kavanaugh wrote.

Collins played a pivotal role in securing Kavanaugh's nomination when she said she believed he would respect precedent and leave abortion laws intact. And what does it mean for the broader conversation about the future of legal abortion in this country? And Roberts is smart enough to know that with polls showing nearly two-thirds of Americans against Roe being overturned, that backlash could be enormous. By that measure, Roberts took the conservative path: He voted to maintain the status quo.

Tu described the arrangement as more "commercial" than medical: Doctors promise to refer a set number of patients to a specific hospital in exchange for the ability to make that process simpler for their clients. The state denied his request, telling him that he could have a Christian chaplain or no one. "But if you read the dissent, it's on the most narrow possible grounds".

President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who would have allowed the law to take effect. "They need to know that we're doing something different, that we're applying the law", Roberts said during an appearance this week at Tennessee's Belmont University. There's no guarantee that Roberts will be with his liberal colleagues then. He eviscerated campaign finance law in Citizens United.

Already on the calendar for next term is the court's first examination of gun rights in nine years. It was blocked after U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held a hearing and found that the state law is a remedy for "a problem that does not exist".

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