What US ruling may mean for Roe v Wade

Supreme Court justices watch President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address. Brett Kavanaugh far right is newes

The state law requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a demand that some argued would have shuttered multiple abortion clinics.

Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's two high-court appointees, are among six Trump-nominated judges who voted to let the law take effect, a sign that the president is carrying through on a campaign pledge to put abortion-rights opponents on the bench. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had upheld the 2014 law, which is meant to protect the health and lives of women who suffer complications from abortion.

Since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last summer, Roberts has become the court's new swing vote.

Roberts was a dissenter in the 2016 case, but his vote on Thursday for now suggests the court is not retreating from that precedent. But even if this win holds, the case shows the plan of attack that the justices, and right-wing legal activists, could use to neuter Roe v. Wade, cautions law professor Leah Litman in a new Washington Post editorial.

Such hospital admissions happen regularly in America's abortion industry when there are complications.

In cases on what has been called the court's "shadow docket", those in the majority typically do not provide detailed reasoning for why they granted or denied the requests.

A liberal group named Demand Justice said Friday it planned to launch digital advertisements against Collins soon because of Kavanaugh's ruling on the abortion case.

There is rampant speculation that if Louisiana's law is allowed to take effect that could open the door to reversing Roe v. Wade.

If the Supreme Court upheld the law It would make would make it more hard for a woman to get an abortion by decreasing the number of doctors who can provide them. This time, however, it seems he made a decision to vote via precedent.

The order is only temporary, as the plaintiffs in the case file an appeal to the Supreme Court to hear the merits of their challenge.

Asked if the Supreme Court vote would have an impact on the "heartbeat" bill debate in OH, anti-abortion activist Janet Porter said, "None whatsoever".

It allows abortion-rights proponents time to bring an appeal to a newly constituted conservative court majority that may nonetheless be willing to reverse course dramatically on the subject of abortion.

Only Justice Kavanaugh explained his vote, arguing in a separate three-page opinion that the Court should wait to act until a 45-day transition period had elapsed before enforcement was to begin, to see if doctors who perform abortions at the state's three clinics could in the meantime satisfy the law's requirement. Three years ago, a Texas law, virtually identical to the Louisiana law, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v Hellerstedt. Backers of these bills said they were undeterred by the Supreme Court's latest action. Many were created to present a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion.

Meanwhile, more liberal USA states have begun implementing their own laws to ensure abortion rights for their residents in case the court takes such a dramatic step. That decision, and the subsequent refusal to hear it en banc, is a ideal example of the courts going off on its own to advance a political agenda-in this case, an anti-choice one. Had Kavanaugh written that Louisiana "pinky promised to not violate the law", his reasoning would have been no less absurd.

Has Roberts "committed himself to reaffirming Whole Woman's Health or any of the court's other abortion decisions?"

O'Steen said Roberts "would have every reason" to support both of these measures if they came before the Supreme Court. It was blocked after U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held a hearing and found that the state law is a remedy for "a problem that does not exist".

"In practice, it's enormously restrictive because many hospitals will not give privileges to abortion providers", said Werhan.

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