“Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and John Roberts chose to grant the injunction against the law, which is identical to that in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which the court struck down in 2016 as creating an “undue burden on abortion access.” Roberts had dissented in that case.”
(Heather Clark – Christian News Network) U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with his liberal colleagues on Thursday in blocking a Louisiana law from going into effect that would have required abortionists in the state to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were the four justices who would have allowed the regulation to have gone into effect.
Kavanaugh penned a dissent in June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, outlining that the matter comes down to competing pre-enforcement “predictions” over whether or not the four abortionists in the state can obtain admitting privileges, and therefore, the matter is premature.
One of the abortionists already has privileges, and while the U.S. district court in Louisiana ruled that it would be unlikely for the other three to find a hospital that will work with them, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals contrarily concluded that the abortions were likely able to meet the requirement.