Just last month video emerged of the lawyer for Justice Kavanaugh’s accuser admitting that part of her client’s motivation was Roe V. Wade. The assumption was that in damaging the Supreme Court nominee, hopefully stopping his nomination to the highest court would mean one less conservative who might attempt to overthrow Roe V. Wade.
Abortion heading to the Supreme Court has always been a fear of liberals. Their fear has come true. Just today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a major abortion case that “could lead to new curbs on access to the procedure as it considers the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors” reports Reuters.
The appeal was brought to the highest court by abortion provider Hope Medial Group for Women suing to try to block a lower courts ruling. The lower court’s law imposing restrictions on abortion doctors includes “a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have a difficult-to-obtain arrangement called ‘admitting privileges’ at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.”
Hope Medical Group for Women sued to try and block the law saying it would “prompt the closure of two of the state’s three abortion clinics.” In addition to the Medical Group, the court will also hear a separate appeal by the state claiming “abortion clinics do not have legal standing to sue.”
As Reuters points out, although the Supreme Court struck down a similar case in 2016 from Texas, conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the four liberal justices to defend abortion rights. Kennedy retired in 2018, who Trump replaced with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, worrying pro-choice advocates that he is less likely to defend abortion rights than Kennedy, moving the court further to the right.
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