The Supreme Court has struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law on Monday, a dramatic victory for abortion rights activists.
Chief Justice, John Roberts, stood with liberal justices on the Supreme Court on Monday to block the controversial law. Critics have claimed that this would have closed nearly every clinic in the state.
This is the second time in 4 years that the Supreme Court has rejected the state of Louisiana’s attempts to limit access to the procedure.
Along with other recent liberal victories at the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was key in the 5-to-4 decision. He joined the court’s liberals rather than his conservative colleagues, including Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Certainly, this case, called June Medical Services v. Russo is very similar to the 2016 Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that resulted in half of the state’s clinics closing. Ultimately, the Supreme Court struck down the law, which had already gone into effect.
Public Reaction to Louisiana Abortion Law Case
Conservatives reacted with fury. “Chief Justice Roberts is at it again with his political gamesmanship,” Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said on Twitter. “This time he has sided with abortion extremists who care more about providing abortion-on-demand than protecting women’s health.”
But, majority of the people have welcomed this decision with open hands.
A victory for women's health. Let's pass the Women's Health Protection Act, which I am cosponsoring, to protect the abortion rights of every woman no matter where she lives.https://t.co/BxMLB2Jlar
— Rep. Susan Davis (@RepSusanDavis) June 29, 2020