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Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

Did SCOTUS make the right call on this case?

by Axios | Updated on 2.7.19

The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana abortion law from going into effect Friday, a measure providers say would have drastically reduced the number of doctors authorized to perform the procedure.

Why it matters: This case presented a swift test to the Supreme Court’s newly strengthened conservative majority, as anti-abortion forces hope it will overturn long-standing precedents on cases concerning abortion rights. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the more liberal justices in granting the stay, with the court voting 5-4.


Details: Last week, the high court temporarily blocked the state’s abortion law, passed in 2014, from going into effect next Monday. Justice Samuel Alito said that the Court needed more time to review the various filings before ruling on the emergency application filed by an abortion provider.

  • The law requires abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles from the procedure. This mandate is nearly identical to a Texas abortion law the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional in 2016, saying it would impose an "undue burden" on women’s constitutional right to abortion.
  • Lawyers at the Center for Reproductive Rights, who are representing the challengers, said the restriction would force the closure of two of the state’s three abortion clinics.
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  • Kari
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    So like, why are we still having this conversation? Abortion is as old as rape. If you want to end abortion, create a world where it is not necessary. Universal healthcare, living wages, paid maternity leave, sex education. Men need to take responsibility for their part in this.

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  • Greg
    Voted No
    02/08/2019
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    Abortion is murder.

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  • Roy
    Voted Maybe
    02/08/2019
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    Getting a new interpation of ROE vs WADE is the answer...not piddlywink bites... Science does now have the verdict in... EMBRYOS ARE HUMAN BEINGS AND CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED CITIZENS...

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  • Cindy
    02/08/2019
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    So women’s safety isn’t really the argument, having admitting privileges should be a minimum in every state-Wow, this causes the patient to stop in the ER instead of potentially going straight to the OR or ICU.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    The balance of legal representation is still one-sided, heavily leaning to a man’s rule on a women’s decision for her own body. It is imperative that good medical care is made available. This administration is taking dangerous steps backwards; where the views of a small contingency of mostly men is becoming the law of the land. If the SCOTUS doesn’t uphold Roe v Wade, we’ll find ourselves back to the days of back alley procedures. The legal position in Luisiana takes our country back to a time where the law satisfies the beliefs of the few, not the many.

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  • Riley
    Voted No
    02/08/2019
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    Chief John Roberts showing his true colors. What a shame.

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  • Carol
    02/09/2019
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    This is a hard thing to decide. I am pro life but if a baby inside the womb is so deformed that it would have live on life support when born. Would it be humane to make the baby endure being kept alive by any means. Or another scenario if your 12 year old daughter would be raped and found to be pregnant. Should we make her endure a pregnancy at that age ? Very hard to decide unless you are placed in that situation. I do believe that a women to just have an abortion for convenience is not good either. Make sure they have an ultrasound and show them the living being. Too many scenarios.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Stop trying to demolish women’s rights to body autonomy and self determination. ITS NOT ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS. Patient “autonomy” or self-determination is at the core of all medical decision-making in the United States. It means that patients have the right and ability to make their own choices and decisions about medical care and treatment they receive, as long as those decisions are within the boundaries of law. Abortion is legal. Women own their bodies. It is the woman’s right to choose.

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  • Guy
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    This is all about religion which has no place in government. If the sanctity of life is so important, why don’t these same people care about mass shootings or sending troops into war? It’s not about saving a life.

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  • KansasTamale
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    State Laws DO NOT SUPERSEDE FEDERAL LAW. ROE VS WADE IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. It’s ridiculous that 50 years ago this country was MORE ENLIGHTENED than it is today. Women are the only ones to decide about their bodies NO ONE ELSE!!!!

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  • Nancy
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    This is unconstitutional! Keep government hands off woman’s bodies and keep religion out of our government!!

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  • Marylynn
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    I'm thrilled that the dirtbag/sexual predator Kavanaugh dissented on this issue, he shouldn't be allowed to vote on any issues pertaining to women.

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  • BlondieEsquire
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    The Louisiana law was unconstitutional and this was the correct decision.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted No
    02/09/2019
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    ?? H.R.490 - Heartbeat Protection Act ?? I’m still in full support of and fail to understand why it is that Abortions shall not be prohibited, without first that a check for fetal heartbeat, or if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. “Offense”. A physician who knowingly performs an abortion and thereby kills a human fetus: 1). Without the determining, according to standard medical practice, whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat; 2). Without the informing the mother of the results of that determination; or 3). When after determining, according to standard medical practice, that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both. This does not apply to an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions. SneakyPete......... 🙅🏼‍♀️👩‍👧‍👦🛑👨‍👧‍👦🙅‍♂️. 2*9*19...........

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  • Chris
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    There are Republicans who honestly believe that restricting access to safe abortions will end abortion. This is incorrect. Women have been terminating pregnancies since the beginning of time. What these laws do is prevent access to safe LEGAL abortions for poor women who do not have the funds and time to travel to other states or use private physicians. Outpatient abortions are one of the safest procedures, with no record of complications that would justify the restrictive law in Louisiana.

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  • Brian
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    If you don’t like abortion don’t get one , case closed !!!

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  • Dave
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Very one wants to play GOD, but don’t want the responsibility of the out come! The Decision should be left up to the individual. What I find interesting is the same people want government to stay out of their life, don’t mind if it is in your life, as a political Convenient.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    02/09/2019
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    The Democrat party has become the party of death

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Roe v Wade is settled law! Stay out of every woman’s vagina.

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  • David
    Voted No
    02/08/2019
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    Why do you force me to participate in the murder of your baby? This decision makes me complicit in your committing murder.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted No
    02/09/2019
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    John Roberts is a huge disappointment! Abortion needs to be regulated. Abortion is killing a live baby. More blood on the hands of America.

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