In Louisiana, lawmakers passed regulations that would protect women from complications during abortion. The law simply required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
But that was apparently too much for abortionists who sued the state to prevent the law from taking effect.
However, on Thursday, a 5-4 vote ruled that the state could not implement a law that protected women from complications that can occur from an abortion until a full review could be made.
The court could decide whether to add the case to the calendar that begins in October, but for now, the law is blocked.
John Roberts broke the tie.
“President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who would have allowed the law to take effect.
“Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion in which he said 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 argument makes perfect sense, but perfect sense to liberals means allowing women to kill their babies even after they’re born.
“If the doctors succeed, they can continue performing abortions. If they fail, they could return to court, Kavanaugh said.”
President Trump had pledged during the campaign to appoint “pro-life” justices and he has done so. Roberts is typically a swing vote for liberals, having sided with them a number of times in the past.
“Louisiana abortion providers and a district judge who initially heard the case said one or maybe two of the state’s three abortion clinics would have to close under the new law. There would be at most two doctors who could meet its requirements”
However, that’s not the point for liberals who want to ensure all abortions take place regardless of the danger to the mother.
The federal appeals court in New Orleans rejected those claims, “doubting that any clinics would have to close and saying the doctors had not tried hard enough to establish relationships with local hospitals.”
“In January, the full appeals court voted 9-6 not to get involved in the case, setting up the Supreme Court appeal.”
Many people are sickened and saddened by the ruling, and hope that Justice Ginsburg is about to retire so that Roberts will no longer have the power to reject conservative values and uphold death on the Supreme Court.