The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a pro-life law violates the rights of both women and abortion providers in Louisiana. (Photo: Mike Kline/Getty Images) The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that a pro-life law violates the rights of both women and abortion providers in Louisiana.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberal members of the court in the close 5-4 ruling. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons,” Roberts wrote in his opinion. “Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
Democratic Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson , the author of the law at the heart of the decision, spoke out in a Monday video statement following the decision.
“The Supreme Court has issued a tragic decision that continues its practice of putting the interests of for-profit abortion businesses ahead of the health and safety of women,” she said. “Together with my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans and women and men, we passed the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act to protect the health and safety of women in Louisiana,” she added. “While today’s decision is not what we wanted, we will never stop working to put the women of Louisiana above the interests of the abortion businesses.”
Pro-lifers had expressed both hope and anxiety over the landmark abortion ruling to The Daily Caller News Foundation ahead of the decision.
Louisiana Right to Life Associate Director Angie Thomas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the organization, which introduced the law with Jackson, was “anxiously awaiting” the decision, warning that “the Louisiana abortion industry, with its long history of health and safety violations, cannot speak for Louisiana women.”
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry expressed hope about the ruling to The Daily Caller News Foundation, emphasizing that “Louisiana abortion providers […]