This law professor explains the Supreme Court’s plan to kill abortion rights

This law professor explains the Supreme Court’s plan to kill abortion rights

The conservative states that would outlaw abortion if Roe fell will then simply pass TRAP laws so onerous that almost every abortion provider in those states will be forced out of business. The Louisiana law was nearly identical to a Texas law the court struck down before Justice Anthony M. Kennedy retired.

In addition to requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the procedure is performed, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act requires doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing and clarifies that informed consent applies to drug-induced abortions as well as the surgical procedure.

Thursday night's ruling would not prevent the court from eventually agreeing to take up the case and uphold the law in the future. But it was the clearest sign yet of the role Roberts intends to play as he guides a more conservative court with two new members appointed by President Donald Trump.

Louisiana now has three abortion clinics and four abortion doctors, only one of whom has the admitting privileges required by Louisiana's (yet to be enforced) law. But the law isn't struck down yet.

This decision is unlikely to be the end of the Louisiana case, as the Supreme Court could reconsider it next term.

William Jacobson, a Cornell law professor and conservative legal commentator, concluded it was "unlikely the law ever is going to be allowed to go into effect in the current configuration of the court". And Thursday's order means that, for now at least, abortion access in Louisiana has not yet been further compromised.

"Under recent Supreme Court precedent, the law is pretty clearly unconstitutional, and Roberts doesn't want to overturn that precedent until the court has considered the case, June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, in detail, "explains Noah Feldman at Bloomberg". That vote, though, likely had nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with Justice Roberts understanding his job.

The Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

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In either case, the USA would become, in effect, the "divided states of reproductive health and rights".

We must win. Lives depend on it. Twenty-two states received a "B" or higher, but the country as a whole was given a "D minus", 26 states were graded "D" or lower, and 19 states flunked.

"While some doctors could promise 10 patients a year in exchange for admitting privileges, an abortion provider would struggle to refer 10 patients in their entire career", Tu said.

After the ruling, some Democrats seized on Kavanaugh's vote as proof that he was not following through on his assurances at his confirmation hearing to respect past Supreme Court decisions on abortion.

With the Louisiana law about to take effect, abortion providers in Louisiana went to the Supreme Court, seeking an emergency order putting the lower court decision on hold until it can be reviewed by the nine justices. The Supreme Court said in the Texas case that neither was needed to protect women's health and that both requirements imposed "a substantial burden" on a woman's right to abortion.

Jeff Greenfield, a longtime political reporter on television, said on Twitter that Collins was "either delusional or disingenuous" when she declared Kavanaugh would not seek to restrict abortions.

Ray was allowed to meet with an imam earlier, and the religious leader watched from an adjoining room as Ray was put to death an hour after the Supreme Court rejected the stay request. But there is still plenty of reason to be concerned that it won't. It is apparent that when abortion comes on stage it shadows the role of settled judicial rules.

Jennie Wetter is the Director of Public Policy at the Population Institute, which supports reproductive health and rights.

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