Supreme Court Disappoints Pro-Lifers, Halts Louisiana Abortion Law

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Thursday's order from the Supreme Court offers nothing as to the merits of the Louisiana law, which means that for all we know, Roberts' opinion on the constitutionality of such measures hasn't changed at all from his 2016 Whole Woman's Health vote. Susan Collins everything from "a raging fool" to an utter dupe for helping to put him on the Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court granted February 7 a temporary stay blocking the law while it is adjudicated in lower courts.

Newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in his individual dissent urging the law to go into effect, tipped his hand, Litman continues - he will rely on "flimsy distinctions" and "ostensibly procedural obstacles" to make obtaining an abortion impossible in states that desire to do so. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court's four liberals in the decision.

The ad recounts Collins' comments ahead of her decisive vote to confirm Kavanaugh a year ago, in which she recited the judge's assurances that he is not looking to overturn Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh wrote a dissent explaining his vote. The best way to find out which prediction was right, he added, would be to let the law take effect. If they could, then the law would not impose an undue burden on under Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt.

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In a 5-4 decision, the Court temporarily blocked a 2014 Louisiana law that, by instituting a strict hospital admitting privileges system, would have left the state with just one doctor allowed to perform abortions. Previously New York allowed abortions after 24 weeks only if the mother's life was in danger, but the new law will allow abortions after 24 weeks if needed to protect the health of the mother. Had Kavanaugh written that Louisiana "pinky promised to not violate the law", his reasoning would have been no less absurd.

The Louisiana law has never gone into effect. People in poorly performing states are finding it increasingly hard to access abortion or even contraception services.

"The Supreme Court has stepped in under the wire to protect the rights of Louisiana women", said the president of the abortion-rights-backing Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, in a statement. Kavanaugh said the Supreme Court should wait and see how the law plays out in the real world before granting such an injunction. Furthermore, during the 45-day transition period, both the doctors and the relevant hospitals could act expeditiously and in good faith to reach a definitive conclusion about whether those three doctors can obtain admitting privileges. Nonetheless, Smith maintained the the Louisiana law did not impose "an undue burden" on women seeking abortions.

"Texas doctors could not gain privileges, all but 8 of 40 clinics closed".

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Critics of the law say that the new measure placed an onerous and unnecessary burden on the right to abortion and would have shuttered two of the three clinics that perform the procedure in the state. The same is true of the Affordable Care Act, where Roberts declined to join the conservatives in striking down the entire law, instead crafting a compromise that upheld most of it while allowing states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion (thereby denying health coverage to millions of poor Americans). For instance, a convicted bank robber can appeal to a circuit court, but not on the basis that she didn't do it because she was in another city at the time of the robbery: That question has already been decided at the trial court level: She was at the bank.

The 5th Circuit is among the most conservative federal appellate courts in the country.

The abortion issue took centre stage in recent Supreme Court confirmation battles, including last autumn's acrimonious Senate hearings over Mr Kavanaugh nomination. Of the 11 active Republican appointees, only one, a George W. Bush appointee, voted to rehear the case.

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