John Roberts Joins Liberal Justices in Ruling on Louisiana Abortion Law

Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case
People For the American Way Kavanaugh Shows Contempt For the Rule of Law in Louisiana Abortion Case Paul Gordon
Author

11 February, 2019

Chief Justice John Roberts split from what is considered the court's conservative branch to join the high court's liberal wing -- Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - in granting the stay. The Louisiana law was nearly identical to a Texas law the court struck down before Justice Anthony M. Kennedy retired. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana abortion access law that opponents said would limit the state to a single doctor who could perform the procedure. But their anger at Roberts is completely misplaced. There's no reason to think that Chief Justice Roberts is particularly sympathetic to abortion rights claims on the merits.

The Supreme Court in 2016 struck down a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges.

Perhaps most interesting and significant aspect of the decision for the immediate future of the court was the composition of the majority and minority sides.

The two judges who voted in favor of the law argued that the facts were different in Louisiana from those at issue in the Texas case and that the Louisiana law would have a lesser impact on women seeking abortions than the Supreme Court had found regarding the Texas law.

During an appearance on Wednesday at Belmont University College of Law in Tennessee, Roberts spoke of the "great responsibility" that comes with the job. Rather than repealing Roe v. Wade outright, it's probably the best way for conservatives to achieve their goal of getting something identical to a repeal while avoiding at least some of the ensuing controversy. "The 5th Circuit previously examined the facts and concluded Louisiana's law does not constitute a burden and is a reasonable step to protect women".

The one conservative who did not vote to ignore SCOTUS precedent is the only conservative on the court who you could say cares more about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court than conservative ideology. That would be a tacit acknowledgment that a majority of the justices no longer support the 2016 decision, and an invitation to anti-abortion state legislatures to pass more laws aimed at gutting Roe v. Wade without reversing it outright.

According to the newest Supreme Court justice, there are now four doctors in Louisiana that perform abortions at the state's three abortions clinics. Eleven judges on the appeals court are Republican appointees, five of them Trump appointees.

"While some doctors could promise 10 patients a year in exchange for admitting privileges, an abortion provider would struggle to refer 10 patients in their entire career", Tu said.

Jeff Greenfield, a longtime political reporter on television, said on Twitter that Collins was "either delusional or disingenuous" when she declared Kavanaugh would not seek to restrict abortions.

Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia
Luckily we worked with our United States buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores. Australia's federal police said its anxious the drug cartels may be trying to expand overseas.


Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - denying her a coveted spot on a special panel on climate change and brushing off her Green New Deal". Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a Green New Deal without saying exactly what it means.


Washington declares public health emergency after measles outbreak of mostly unvaccinated children
Her reaction is said to have sprung from an experience with her middle child, who purportedly had severe reactions to vaccination. Earlier this week, authorities were successful in identifying several people who had been exposed but were not sick yet.


Kennedy and Roberts likely would not differ on that issue.

In his dissent, Kavanaugh argued that the CPR had acted too hastily in challenging the law, saying the group should have waited for Louisiana's law to go into effect before going to court.

Others are more pessimistic.

"The new makeup of the Supreme Court indicated that it was likely it would have gone through, which would have had devastating consequences", she said. The state denied his request, telling him that he could have a Christian chaplain or no one.

President Trump's two nominees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, joined Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in dissenting. "We're elated in the sense of we just dodged a bullet".

Roberts has been there for them in that quest, in cases, such as Hobby Lobby, that carved out areas where Christians need not follow laws they find displeasing. There's no guarantee that Roberts will be with his liberal colleagues then. He eviscerated campaign finance law in Citizens United.

Already on the calendar for next term is the court's first examination of gun rights in nine years. He gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

"We are disappointed this law has been enjoined, but we are hopeful that the state of Louisiana will prevail in the end", Travis Wussow, general counsel and vice president for public policy of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in written comments for Baptist Press. And that's what he'll keep doing.


More news


  • Marshmello's upcoming Fortnite tracks appear on iTunes

    Marshmello's upcoming Fortnite tracks appear on iTunes

    But perhaps smartest of all, this was not an event for Marshmello fans in the way that previous virtual concerts have been. The big deal with the Fortnite Marshmello gig was not whatwas done but how it was done.
    Groundhog Day 2019 Prediction: Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

    Groundhog Day 2019 Prediction: Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

    Each year, Americans wait with bated breath to learn from a groundhog if spring will come sooner rather than later. The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob (he did not see his shadow that year).
    Scorpions and crickets on the menu at Super Bowl Opening Night

    Scorpions and crickets on the menu at Super Bowl Opening Night

    He keeps our locker room in tip-top shape. "I walked by and just happened to see that encounter", Woods said (H/T USA Today ). The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver surprised the team's custodian with Super Bowl LIII tickets for him and his son.
  • Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

    Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

    The shares initially dipped when the Washington Post report was posted Friday but then quickly gained back some of the loss. Back in November, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the project as one benefiting a large outside corporation over local NY residents.
    Maduro proposes holding congressional elections early in speech to supporters

    Maduro proposes holding congressional elections early in speech to supporters

    At noon, thousands of public employees and government supporters began to concentrate on Caracas' downtown Bolivar Avenue. The US , which backs Guaido, has warned of "serious consequences" if Maduro's government harms him.
    Steve Martin lands Roger Stone role on ‘SNL’s’ latest White House parody

    Steve Martin lands Roger Stone role on ‘SNL’s’ latest White House parody

    Stone has previously denied that he ever bullied other witnesses to change their testimony, which is another allegation he faces. However, I think the Mueller investigation is really at the bottom of the barrel when they're looking at people like this.
  • Greece OK's Macedonia membership in NATO

    Greece OK's Macedonia membership in NATO

    Skopje must adopt the new name "in the public discourse, in addition to all street signs and official documents", he added. In ancient times it was the cradle of Alexander the Great's empire, a source of intense pride for Greeks.
    Pelicans want 4 1st-round picks from Lakers for Davis

    Pelicans want 4 1st-round picks from Lakers for Davis

    With Los Angeles putting virtually everyone on the block to upgrade its roster, OKC could look to LA to upgrade the bench. Los Angeles fell to IN on the road 136-94 and the 42-point loss was the largest margin of defeat IN James' career.
    Draft framework for Afghan peace 'agreed'

    Draft framework for Afghan peace 'agreed'

    On Friday, Mr Ghani said more than 45,000 members of the country's security forces had been killed since he became leader in 2014. It quoted Khalilzad as saying he had discussed a ceasefire deal with the Taliban, but that there was no progress on the issue.
  • New Fortnite account merge tool makes cross-play easier

    New Fortnite account merge tool makes cross-play easier

    The whole process should take about two weeks , after which all items and V-Bucks will be in a unified under one happy roof. You can then use this primary account on any platform, since every version of Fortnite now allows for cross-platform play.
    Who will win Super Bowl LIII?

    Who will win Super Bowl LIII?

    Who is in Super Bowl LIII? They'll rely on quarterback Jared Goff and coach Sean McVay , the youngest Super Bowl head coach at 33. In the last decade, only three Super Bowls have gone over 56.5 points, with the Patriots involved in two occasions.
    Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

    Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

    The high-ranking official is Steve Bannon, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, according to a person familiar with the matter. Stone said he "categorically" had not destroyed or discarded communications devices, hard drives or other evidence.