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The Supreme Court has ruled a 2014 Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional. It required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital: NBC NEWS – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Louisiana’s tough restriction on abortion violates the Constitution, a surprising victory for abortion rights advocates from an increasingly conservative court. The ruling struck down a law passed by Louisiana’s legislature in 2014 that required any doctor offering abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Its enforcement had been blocked by a protracted legal battle. Two Louisiana doctors and a medical clinic sued to get the law overturned. They said it would leave only one doctor at a single clinic to provide services for nearly 10,000 women who seek abortions in the state each year. The challengers said the requirement was identical to a Texas law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. With the vote of then-Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court ruled that Texas imposed an obstacle on women seeking access to abortion services without providing any medical benefits. According to Bloomberg , it was John Roberts who again sided with the liberal activists on the court in the 5-4 ruling: A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required abortion-clinic doctors to get privileges at a local hospital, defying expectations by reinforcing reproductive rights in a case that had threatened to begin a rollback, Bloomberg News reports. Chief Justice John Roberts provided the crucial vote, joining the court’s liberal justices in the 5-4 majority. He said was bound by a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar Texas law, even though he was in dissent in that case. John Roberts really loves his new role as the swing vote, far too often swinging to the wrong […]


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