SCOTUS blocks Louisiana’s controversial abortion law

SCOTUS blocks Louisiana’s controversial abortion law

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Protest in front of the Supreme Court as President Donald Trump names a new justice, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Abortion-rights activists wearing purple T-shirts and holding purple signs joined hundreds of other protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has blocked a law passed in Louisiana that would have allowed clinics to provide abortions only if they have a doctor admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles.

The court ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the high court’s liberal justices.

Reproductive rights proponents warned that the 2014 law, titled Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, would have severely reduced the resources available to women seeking to terminate their pregnancies.

It was previously overturned in 2017 by a federal judge, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the decision late last year.

Thursday night’s decision is a temporary step while the court weighs whether or not to take it on during their next session in October.

Roberts did not explain his reasoning, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh offered a lone dissent, essentially arguing that more doctors could have pursued admitting privileges before the law was set to be implemented.

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