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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion law

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/08/19, 09:42 am

A divided U.S. Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion centers. The justices voted 5-4 Thursday to block a measure requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberal justices in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion, saying the court’s action was premature because the state had made clear it would allow abortion providers an additional 45 days to obtain admitting privileges before it started enforcing the law.

The law is similar to a Texas measure the justices struck down three years ago. Roberts dissented in that case.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 07:32 pm

    I hope, before some of us start screeching that Chief Justice Roberts has betrayed pro-life Conservatives, we will note that the decision is to put a hold on Louisana's new restrictions, "pending a full review of the case."

    Attempts to end or greatly restrict abortions must be done so carefully and leakproof that they will not be later reversed.  I hope that is Roberts' aim. 


  • Big Jim
    Posted: Sat, 02/09/2019 02:00 am

    I don't know, OldMike, after Roberts' tortured reasoning in NFIB v. Sebelius I do not trust him to faithfully interpret the Constitution as it was originally intended.