Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Unconstitutional’ Louisiana Abortion Law

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 29 Jun 2020 15:47

The US Supreme Court has decided that a Louisiana law restricting abortions is unconstitutional.


In a landmark ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberal judges, with a result of 5-4 judges voting to strike down on the restrictions that have prevented many women from being able to have an abortion.

June Medical Services v Russo served as the first case testing how a new conservative majority would rule on issues surrounding pro-life versus pro-choice, after Donald Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who are famously right-wing and anti-abortion, to the bench.

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Critics of the 2014 legislation complained the restrictions would force the closure of almost every abortion clinic in the state, making it near-impossible for women to access safe and legal abortions.


Justice Stephen Breyer summarised the majority’s opinion that ‘consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional.’

As per CNN, he later added:

The evidence also shows that opposition to abortion played a significant role in some hospitals’ decisions to deny admitting privileges.

The 2014 legislation required doctors who provide abortions to have written agreements with local hospitals to transfer patients. The agreements were called ‘admitting privileges’ and were very difficult to obtain.

This isn’t the first time that Roberts has opted to side with the liberal judges, after previously upholding a programme that allowed undocumented immigrants who came into the US as children to remain in the country. He also sided with opinion that extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ workers.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: News, Abortion, Abortion Laws, Louisiana, Now, Supreme Court, United States


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    John Roberts sides with liberals on Supreme Court to block controversial Louisiana abortion law