BREAKING: Justice Roberts Sides With the Liberal Justices Again, This Time Over Abortion
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On Monday, Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts once again sided with the liberals in the Court, this time on the topic of abortion.
The case was relating to Louisiana’s abortion clinic restrictions, where Roberts casted the deciding vote in a 5-4 loss for the conservatives.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, centered around whether Louisiana could place “health and safety” restrictions on abortion clinics operating within the state, requiring, among other things, that doctors operating at those clinics have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that patients experiencing a medical emergency, above and beyond what an outpatient or ambulatory care clinic could handle, could effectively treat or consult on that patient in a hospital setting.
The majority said the law, similar to a Texas law struck down in 2916, runs afoul of the court’s standard in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which noted that a government could not place an “undue burden” on those seeking an abortion.
“We have examined the extensive record carefully and conclude that it supports the District Court’s findings of fact,” Justice Stephen Breyer said in the liberal opinion. “Those findings mirror those made in [2016 Texas case] Whole Woman’s Health [ v. Hellerstedt] in every relevant respect and require the same result. We consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional.”
“Under the applicable constitutional standards set forth in the Court’s earlier abortion-related cases, particularly Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833, and Whole Woman’s Health, ‘[u]nnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion impose an undue burden on the right’ and are, therefore ‘constitutionally invalid,’” Breyer added.
Roberts also wrote his own opinion: “The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” he wrote. ‘The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the minority opinion where he laid out multiple problems that the majority failed to take into account.
“Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction,” Thomas wrote.
“The plurality and THE CHIEF JUSTICE ultimately cast aside this jurisdictional barrier to conclude that Louisiana’s law is unconstitutional under our precedents,” he continued. “But those decisions created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution’s text. Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled.”
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