The Supreme Court Rules on Abortion in Louisiana

The Supreme Court Rules on Abortion in Louisiana

The Supreme Court blocked Louisiana from enforcing a law that would’ve left the state with only one doctor allowed to perform abortions. Do you think women should have access to safe abortions?

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Per NBC, the Supreme Court recently made a significant ruling on the sensitive topic that is abortion in Louisiana, voting to block the enforcement of Louisiana Act 620 abortion law, which would have required those providing abortions in the state to possess admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Louisiana has three abortion clinics in the state- one in Baton Rouge, one in New Orleans, and one in Shreveport- but only one has admitting privileges. This means that there would be just one doctor in the entire state of Louisiana who could legally provide abortion services to the roughly 10,000 women per year seeking them.

The law was written in 2014 by Katrina Jackson and adopted by the state’s Legislature and was expected to go into effect on February 8, 2019, without interference from the Supreme Court. But it appears the Court found it unconstitutional because they voted 5-4 against it, with Chief Justice John Roberts, who is known for having a conservative philosophy, voting with the liberals to break the tie.

“The Supreme Court has stepped in under the wire to protect the rights of Louisiana women,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The three clinics left in Louisiana can stay open while we ask the Supreme Court to hear our case. This should be an easy case — all that’s needed is a straightforward application of the court’s own precedent.”

This is a similar situation the Supreme Court faced back in 2016 when they struck down on a Texas law which would have added extra obstacles to women seeking an abortion in the Lone Star State.

However, the ruling on Louisiana Act 620 abortion law is not official. It’s a temporary halt, or “stay,” on the enforcement until it can be further reviewed, which is expected to begin in October.

Louisiana’s Attorney Jeff Landry is still hopeful that the law will pass.

“Going forward, my office and I will be carefully reviewing the next steps in our defense of Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. We will not waver in defense of our State’s pro-woman and pro-life laws; and we will continue to do all we legally can to protect Louisiana women and the unborn.”

This ruling also marks the Supreme Court’s first noteworthy ruling on abortion since Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, who normally votes in favor of abortion rights. And the reason it’s significant is that, other than the legal issues he went through, Kavanaugh was a polarizing nominee to replace Justice Kennedy because of his stance on abortion.

Many believed that he would roll back on abortion rights, which is why all, but one Democrat voted against him. But, Republican Senator Susan Collins played a critical role in Kavanaugh getting voted into the Supreme Court because she believed that he would follow precedent and act in favor of abortion rights.

So, you can argue that the decision blew back in her face, as Kavanaugh was one of the four who voted to uphold Louisiana Act 620 abortion law. Read more about it here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The Supreme Court blocked Louisiana from enforcing a law that would’ve left the state with only one doctor allowed to perform abortions. Do you think women should have access to safe abortions?

Totals
57% Yes
43% No
Males
58% Yes
42% No
Females
53% Yes
47% No

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