US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law

loading...


Issued on: Modified:

The US Supreme Court defended abortion rights in a major ruling on Monday by striking down a Louisiana law placing restrictions on doctors who perform the procedure, dealing a blow to anti-abortion advocates.

The 5-4 ruling, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices in the majority, represented a victory for Shreveport-based abortion provider Hope Medical Group for Women in its challenge to the 2014 law. The measure had required doctors who perform abortions to have a sometimes difficult-to-obtain formal affiliation called “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the clinic.

Two of the three clinics that perform abortions in Louisiana, a state of about 4.6 million people, would have been forced to close if the law had taken effect, according to lawyers for Hope Medical Group.

President Donald Trump‘s administration supported Louisiana in the case. Anti-abortion advocates had hoped the Supreme Court, with its 5-4 conservative majority, would be willing to permit abortion restrictions like those being pursued by Louisiana and other conservative states.

“Today’s ruling is a bitter disappointment,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.

The decision, authored by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, marked the second time in four years the court ruled against an “admitting privileges” requirement.

In 2016, the court struck down a Republican-backed Texas law that mandated admitting privileges and required clinics to have costly hospital-grade facilities, finding the restrictions represented an impermissible “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. The two laws, Breyer wrote, are “almost word-for word identical,” meaning the court must reach the same result.

There is sufficient evidence that the Louisiana measure “would place substantial obstacles in the path of women seeking an abortion in Louisiana,” Breyer added.

Roberts dissented in the 2016 case, called Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, but said he voted with the liberals on Monday based on the court’s tradition of respecting its precedents.

“I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case,” Roberts wrote.

But Roberts did question some of the court’s analysis in the Texas ruling, suggesting he may side with his conservative colleagues in future challenges to abortion restrictions.

‘We’re relieved’

Consequently, the positive reaction to the ruling from abortion rights group was muted.

“We’re relieved that the Louisiana law has been blocked today but we’re concerned about tomorrow,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented the Louisiana clinic.

“After today’s decision, we can breathe a sigh of relief,” added Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, another abortion rights group.

Writing in dissent, conservative Justice Samuel Alito said the Louisiana and Texas rulings were similar only because “the abortion right recognized in this court’s decisions is used like a bulldozer to flatten legal rules that stand in the way.”

Roberts also sided with the liberal justices in two other important rulings this month. One found that gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination under federal civil rights law. The other blocked Trump’s bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children.

Several other cases involving legal challenges to state abortion restrictions are heading toward the justices that could provide other avenues for its conservatives to roll back access to the procedure.

Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, promised during the 2016 presidential race to appoint justices who would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The Louisiana case marked the first major abortion dispute heard by the court since Trump appointed Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 and Neil Gorsuch in 2017 as justices. Both ruled in favor of the Louisiana abortion restrictions.

Abortion remains a divisive issue in the United States as it is in many countries. Christian conservatives — an important political constituency for Trump — are among those most opposed to it. The Republican president, who years earlier had supported abortion rights, attended an anti-abortion march in January and declared, “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.”

Abortion rights advocates have argued that restrictions such as admitting privileges are meant to limit access to abortion not protect women’s health as proponents say. When the Supreme Court in 1992 reaffirmed the Roe v. Wade ruling, it prohibited laws that placed an “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion.

Baton Rouge-based US District Judge John deGravelles cited the undue burden precedent when he struck down Louisiana’s law in 2016. After Louisiana appealed, the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law.

(REUTERS)

loading...


Source link
(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)

Related posts:

China transforms Hong Kong hotel into new security agency headquarters
COVID-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants are hitting minorities hard
FBI chief says China is blackmailing dissenters in US to force them back home
Study explores if insurance is keeping pace with trends in targeted cancer therapy
Two studies look at COVID-19 in patients who have received kidney transplants or are undergoing dial...
Trump's niece brands him a liar and a cheat in new book, White House cries foul
Twins joined at head separated at Vatican pediatric hospital
Increase in delirium, rare brain inflammation and stroke linked to COVID-19
Trump moves to formally withdraw US from World Health Organisation
Chile tops 300,000 virus cases, plans to lift lockdown
Welcome, Robin the AI robot
Revamped French government takes office, tasked with restoring coronavirus-hit economy
Herzinfarktpatienten während der Coronavirus-Pandemie: Gefährliche Angst vor dem Virus
Policies fall short on expanding access to birth control
Was bleibt vom Applaus für die Krankenhäuser?
Unique tool paves the way for more individualized cancer treatments
„Leere Klinikambulanzen“? KBV-Vorstand wundert sich über Selbstwahrnehmung der DKG
French feminists criticise choice of justice, interior ministers over sexism and rape claims
Can the Trauma of War Lead to Growth, Despite the Scars?
Better treatment for people with inflammatory bowel disease
New app launched to battle swarms
Hoher Cholesterinspiegel? Besser Kohlenhydrate sparen als ungesättigte Fettsäuren
Deutsche Bank fined $150 million for failing to flag Jeffrey Epstein accounts
Novavax Gets $1.6 Billion for Coronavirus Vaccine From Operation Warp Speed
Researchers create air filter that can kill the coronavirus
Covid-19 pandemic accelerating and global peak still to come, WHO says
Nicht invasive Diagnostik bei Verdacht auf KHK: IQWiG sieht aussagekräftige Evidenz
Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus
‘It Will Consume Your Life’: 4 Families Take On Rare Diseases
Europe coronavirus deaths top 200,000
Libya’s civil war leaves Sahara community without gas, electricity or water
Hilfe bei Diabetes - Biermann Medizin
Live Coronavirus Updates: Testing Demand in U.S. Soars
Types of flu people encounter in childhood may affect susceptibility to different flu strains later ...
Aerobes Training am Morgen bessert Schlaf nach Herz-Bypass
Patient Is Reported Free of H.I.V., but Scientists Urge Caution
One million epilepsy patients in China missing out on beneficial surgery
Wegweiser für die Wundheilung: Erstmals Kleeblattpeptid synthetisiert
A Shot to Protect Against H.I.V.
Improved cancer immunotherapies require radical CAR overhaul
Accident or sabotage? What we know of incident at Iran's Natanz nuclear site
Rheuma: Herz und Gefäße leiden oft mit
Mumbai opens new hospitals as India virus deaths top 20,000
Star lawyer Dupond-Moretti named justice minister in French reshuffle surprise
BÄK-Präsident Reinhardt fordert "Digitalisierungsschub" - Biermann Medizin
Fighting E. coli with E. coli
Atypische Kehlkopfinfektionen - Biermann Medizin
French economy to shrink 10% as EU forecasts deeper hit from Covid-19
View mask refusers like drink drivers: leading scientist
Second Act: Will Macron reshuffle set a new course?
Alzheimer: Abnormale Proteine wandern vom Darm ins Gehirn
Italy's La Scala opera house reopens after four-month shutdown
Beijing reports zero virus cases for first time since new outbreak
TikTok to exit Hong Kong market as security law curbs online freedoms
Universität Halle-Wittenberg: Dierks verstärkt Krebsforschung
Australia's second-biggest city under new virus lockdown
Das Human Brain Project startet in die finale Phase
Israel reimposes restrictions amid new surge in coronavirus cases
Johnson and Johnson cuts price of anti-TB tablets
High-End-Mikroskopie weiter verfeinert
How Safe Are Outdoor Gatherings?
Most primary care providers screening toddlers for autism
Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now
Health expenditures considerable for asthma, COPD in U.S. workers
WHO reviewing study on concerns over airborne spread of Covid-19
A New Generation of Coronavirus Tests Is Coming. Here's What to Expect.
With pandemic-related stress, abuse against kids can surge
In Nick Cordero’s Death, a Reminder of Covid-19’s Unknowns
Pompeo calls China's censorship moves in Hong Kong 'Orwellian'
Will the COVID-19 pandemic leave a mental health crisis in its wake?
China gives Hong Kong police sweeping security surveillance powers under new law
Months after infection, many COVID-19 patients can't shake illness
US says foreign students whose classes move online due to Covid-19 have to leave
Brazil's Bolsonaro takes Covid-19 test after showing symptoms
Coronavirus ups anxiety, depression in the LGBTQ community
Migrants leave Ocean Viking rescue ship in Sicily after more than a week at sea
Probiotics alone or combined with prebiotics may help ease depression
Common inherited genetic variant identified as frequent cause of deafness in adults
Outcomes similar for COVID-19 in patients with, without HIV
Ordnung durch Unordnung: Wie Zufall und kollektive Bewegung eine Stammzelle definieren
Black patients have higher rates of death after PCI
Who's who in Macron's revamped cabinet
Neues Bestrahlungsgerät für kleinste Tumore in Dresdner Zentrum
Puerto Rico reports record 530 new cases; data questioned
Diagnose Krebs – Mitten im Leben: Beratungsangebot für junge Krebspatienten in Stuttgart
India surges to third-highest number of global coronavirus cases
Study paves way for earlier autism diagnosis in Indiana
Critics say choice of Castex as new PM reveals a Macron power grab
Darmbakterien verbessern Prognose von Typ-2-Diabetes
France's new Prime Minister Jean Castex unveils reshuffled cabinet
Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care
Patientenverband kritisiert IQWiG-Bericht zur Prostata-Fusionsbiopsie
Climate change blamed for surge in India's deadly lightning strikes
Coronavirus has forced doctors, insurers to embrace telemedicine like never before
Hong Kong govt orders schools to remove books breaching new security law
DGU-Präsident: „Wir müssen das Reha-Loch für unsere Patienten schließen“
Complications from COVID-19 may depend on von Willebrand factor in the blood
Bei chronischer GERD nicht routinemäßig auf ein EAC screenen
Trial wraps up for French drugmaker in deadly diet-pill scandal
Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Germany investigates 30,000 suspects as online paedophilia probe widens

Mon Jun 29 , 2020
Issued on: 29/06/2020 – 16:50Modified: 29/06/2020 – 16:51 Germany is investigating 30,000 suspects as part of a probe into an online paedophile network, the latest in a series of child sex abuse scandals that prompted authorities to promise a crackdown. The probe began last October with the arrest of a […]