Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law

Supreme court released a decision earlier today to uphold a woman’s right to get an abortion. The 5 to 4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts being the swing vote. This law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their office.

The new conservative majority tested how the courts would rule in relation to women’s access to an abortion. This decision came after eight separate states – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia – passed legislation to heavily restrict abortion access.

The Dissenting opinion from Chief Justice Roberts stated “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as sever as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents”

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