The Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS) struck down a Louisiana State law that would’ve severely restricted access to abortion for women in the state. It required that doctors who wished to perform abortions should have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.
Supreme Court Struck Down Similar Law In 2016
It was nearly identical to a similar law from the state of Texas. The Supreme Court struck that law down, as well, back in 2016. Chief Justice John Roberts cited that case in his statement explaining his decision.
Interestingly enough, Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, was in favour of upholding the Texas law. In fact, he even wrote the dissenting opinion in that case. However, in the case of the Louisiana law, he voted the other way.
Chief Justice John Roberts Was The Deciding Vote In This Supreme Court Verdict
“I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided,” he wrote, according to The New York Times. “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,” he added.
Organisations like Planned Parenthood welcomed this decision from the Supreme Court. However, it also stressed that abortion is still only a right on paper.
Supreme Court Ruling Disappoints Pro-Life Activists
This ruling disappointed many advocates of the pro-life movement. During the 2016 ruling striking down the Texas law, the Supreme Court had a more liberal lean. However, in the years since then, President Donald Trump has appointed two conservative justices to the Supreme Court. They are Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch.
So, with their presence on the Supreme Court, pro-life advocates were hoping for a decision in their favour. However, that didn’t pan out. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany echoed this disappointment in a recent briefing. She called the ruling “unfortunate” and one that devalued the health of mothers.