Guardian: The US Supreme Court just struck down a major abortion case. The court ruled that a Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, severely limiting access to abortion, is unconstitutional.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court has 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. https://t.co/rZuB45OErD— The Associated Press (@AP) June 29, 2020
The US supreme court has upheld a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion in the most-watched abortion case in decades.
Breaking News: The Supreme Court threw out a restrictive Louisiana abortion law, its first abortion decision since 2 conservative Trump nominees joined the court https://t.co/zVFiRdY3q0— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 29, 2020
In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberal judges to rule that Louisiana’s efforts to restrict access to abortion were unconstitutional.
JUST IN: Chief Justice John Roberts has sided with the liberal justices on the Supreme Court to block a controversial Louisiana abortion law that critics say would have closed nearly every clinic in the state https://t.co/PdH5uC29uA— CNN (@CNN) June 29, 2020
The case, June Medical Services v Russo, was a pivotal test of how the court’s new conservative majority would rule on efforts to restrict women’s right to abortion, after Donald Trump fulfilled his promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion judges to the bench.
Breaking: In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law forbidding doctors from performing abortions unless they held admitting privileges at a nearby hospital https://t.co/Q1FqCjNiUq— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 29, 2020
The decision comes after a spring in which eight states sought to heavily restrict abortions as “elective” procedures during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
BREAKING: US Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law. https://t.co/3544CiUNvo— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 29, 2020
In his written opinion accompanying the ruling, Roberts referenced a near identical Texas law, which the court ruled unconstitutional in 2016.
John Roberts is an empty black robe who wants to be loved by liberals who believe in legislating from the bench. Mr. Chief Justice, if you want to be a legislator, resign and run for Congress. But at any rate, just resign! https://t.co/jqrLvfgAZq— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 29, 2020
“The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
For decades, anti-abortion activists have relentlessly attacked abortion rights in states across the country. Today’s decision makes it clear that abortion remains #MyRightMyDecision no matter where you live.https://t.co/SoTs76H1Vo— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) June 29, 2020
The ruling comes as a further blow to the president, after the supreme court ruled against the administration over treatment of young, undocumented immigrants on 18 June.
Chief Justice John Roberts joins with liberals on the Supreme Court to block a controversial Louisiana abortion law.— CNN (@CNN) June 29, 2020
"Something is going on with John Roberts," says CNN Chief Legal Analyst @JeffreyToobin. https://t.co/guvn6n8iMr pic.twitter.com/gYmjJtNCIE
The court in 1973 found women have a constitutional right to obtain an abortion, in the landmark case Roe v Wade. But since then, conservative forces in southern and midwestern states, in particular, have worked to severely restrict access to abortion services in the last three decades. Read more