The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to retain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The ruling was a major blow to the pro-life community who had hoped to turn the tide with two conservative Trump-appointed justices.
According to NPR, Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, joined with the court’s liberal justices in casting the deciding vote on Monday.
Back in 2016, Roberts was among the dissenters when the court struck down a nearly identical Texas law.
In order to promote “the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, [foster] reliance on judicial principles, and [contribute] to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process,” Roberts wrote that the court should, in this case, stand by its precedents, adding that “the Louisiana law burdens women seeking [pre-viability] abortions to the same extent as the Texas law.”
Justice Samuel Alito, also a Bush appointee, wrote the principal dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh. He wrote that the court’s decisions in both the Louisiana and Texas cases are “used like a bulldozer to flatten legal rules that stand in the way.”
In a separate dissenting opinion, Thomas wrote, “Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled,” and that the court has “neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana’s duly enacted law unconstitutional.”
Kavanaugh and Gorsuch also wrote separate dissents.