High court takes abortion vote, but key tests still to come

High court takes abortion vote, but key tests still to come

The statute, which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, is essentially identical to a Texas law struck down as unconstitutional in the 2016 Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

Roberts' vote in the Louisiana case was the fourth time in recent weeks that he has held the decisive vote on 5-4 outcomes that otherwise split the court's conservative and liberal justices.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life SBA List, said it was a letdown to see Roberts side with the the pro-abortion left on the court.

The justices still may hear the case. But first, suggests Kavanaugh, the doctors should try to get admitting privileges.

Louisiana has only three clinics with a total of four doctors who perform abortions, only one of whom has hospital admitting privileges.

Thursday's decision offers a temporary reprieve for abortion rights advocates-especially in Louisiana, where the law would have winnowed the number of abortion providers in the state down to one.

That convinced an appeals court, which after years of hearings, allowed the law to finally come into force this week. "If a law does not amount to an unconstitutional burden unless it does something as dramatic as close 20 clinics in a geographic area as large as Texas, nearly every law would be constitutional".

Justices often feel bound by a prior decision of the court, even one they disagree with, at least until the court formally takes on a case to consider overruling the earlier decision.

"As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade". Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana abortion access law that opponents said would limit the state to a single doctor who could perform the procedure. But John Roberts, along with Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh, ruled that the inmate had waited too long (five whole days) to file his claim, and therefore he can be executed without a representative of his faith in attendance. Chief Justice John Roberts has never cast a unilaterally pro-choice vote, and I don't expect him to anytime soon.

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Members of the Supreme Court talk before a memorial ceremony for former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda on December 3, 2018. Three years ago, Roberts was in dissent when the court struck down a Texas law that is strikingly similar to the blocked Louisiana measure. 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 court, of course, could accept the Louisiana case for review next term, reopening the abortion debate, and perhaps even entertaining the possibility of reversing Roe.

While four justices dissented, Kavanaugh penned the dissent (pdf).

Clark said if her critics weren't griping about Kavanaugh, they would be targeting Collins for something else.

A stay means a compelling possibility exists that a majority will ultimately decide a lower-court decision was in error.

He added that if they cannot, "then even [Louisiana] acknowledges that the law as applied might be deemed to impose an undue burden". In 2006, he voted to uphold a ban on partial-birth abortion.

Meanwhile, more liberal USA states have begun implementing their own laws to ensure abortion rights for their residents in case the court takes such a dramatic step. "The court should not prevent state legislators from doing the job they were elected by their constituents to do".

The case is June Medical Services v. Gee.

The high court has now agreed to grant that pause in the litigation, but it could still refuse to hear the case and leave the lower court decision in place.

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