Conservative Americans Furious After Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Clinic Law in Louisiana
Chief Justice Roberts cited precedent in his unexpected decision.
America’s conservative base experience a bit of shock on Monday morning as the Supreme Court struck down a potential new law in Louisiana that may have greatly reduced the availability of abortions to citizens of The Bayou State.
The case was set to regulate that doctors at abortion clinics must also have the ability to admit patients to nearby hospitals, something that would have reduced the number of operating abortion clinics in Louisiana to a number possibly as low as one.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.
Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion rights the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
A similar law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016, paving the way for justices to lean on that precedent in their rulings.
This is where conservatives began to attack Justice Roberts online.
The chief justice explained that he continues to think the Texas case was wrongly decided, but believes it’s important for the court to stand by its prior decisions.
“The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a nearly identical Texas law,” Roberts wrote.
The case was being heralded as a bellwether for the high court’s conservative slant, with many predicting a far different outcome than what was provided.
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