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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

Anti-abortion protesters hug goodbye outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2020.

Anti-abortion protesters hug goodbye outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

The Louisiana law is virtually identical to one in Texas that the court struck down in 2016

The Supreme Court on June 29 struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

In two previous abortion cases, Justice Roberts had favoured restrictions.

The Louisiana law is virtually identical to one in Texas that the court struck down in 2016.

The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a nearly identical Texas law, Roberts wrote, although he did not join the opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer for the other liberals.

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.

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