In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down Louisana’s abortion law.
The ruling seems to confirm that even if the conservative-leaning Supreme Court wants to hand down pro-life rulings, they will come incrementally.
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Why it matters: The court’s 5-4 ruling largely leaves the status quo of abortion law unchanged, affirms the court’s precedents and leaves big decisions about the future of abortion access for another day.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s more liberal justices in the decision.
The big picture: Louisiana had required abortion providers to maintain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Supreme Court struck down nearly identical requirements, out of Texas, in 2016. And the justices said today that their earlier decision controls this case, too.
But it will likely upset conservative activists who want to see the court — and Chief Justice John Roberts, in particular — move more aggressively.
In the 2016 ruling against the similar Texas law, Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the Court’s conservative bloc. Legal experts had their eyes on Roberts this time around. Given his penchant for institutionalism, many correctly predicted he would vote in line with the 2016 ruling.
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