Friday, February 8, 2019

John Roberts joins liberal justices as Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion law...

I don't know enough about this particular law to form an opinion.
  But, abortion is going to be a much bigger issue than Democrats want to deal with. 

NYTimes reports the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say could have left the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority. That coalition underscored the pivotal position the chief justice has assumed after the departure last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who used to hold the crucial vote in many closely divided cases, including ones concerning abortion.

The court’s brief order gave no reasons, and its action — a temporary stay — did not end the case. The court is likely to hear a challenge to the law on the merits in its next term, which starts in October.


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