Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

In a win for a women’s right to chose the United States Supreme Court struck down a controversial abortion law in the state of Louisiana. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal members of the court in striking down the law.

WASHINGTON (CBS) The Supreme Court reaffirmed abortion protections on Monday, striking down a Louisiana abortion restriction that, if allowed to be implemented, could have made the state the first to be without a legal abortion provider since Roe v. Wade. 

The decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the court’s four-member liberal minority — is the court’s first major abortion rights decision since two Trump appointees took the bench, delivering a major win to abortion rights supporters who’ve been concerned about the court’s new ideological makeup and how that would impact the future of abortion access. 

Thursday’s 138-page decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, found Louisiana’s restriction — which requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital — violated precedent set in the 2016 Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling, a case that dealt with a nearly identical regulation in Texas.

Plaintiffs in this case, June Medical Services v. Russo, challenged Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” a law that has been blocked by courts since its passage in 2014. Supporters of the law say it was designed to improve patient safety, but critics say its intention was to shut down clinics that provide abortion.

One of the key components of the Libertarian Party platform is in support of abortion rights for women. The decision by the court will cause stir among pro-lifers and conservatives in this country that deem an abortion to be murder.

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  1. Those who claim “Unborn Lives Matter” is morally equivalent to “Black Lives Matter” will not be happy. I think there are pretty good freedom arguments in favor of pro-choice, but political reasoning is not about arguments – it is about confirmation bias and echo chambers.



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