Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Joins Court’s Liberals in Blocking Louisiana Regulation on Abortionists

    Updated: February 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm EST  See Comments

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    WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with his liberal colleagues on Thursday in blocking a Louisiana law from going into effect that would have required abortionists in the state to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital.

    Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were the four justices who would have allowed the regulation to have gone into effect.

    Kavanaugh penned a dissent in June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, outlining that the matter comes down to competing pre-enforcement “predictions” over whether or not the four abortionists in the state can obtain admitting privileges, and therefore, the matter is premature.

    One of the abortionists already has privileges, and while the U.S. district court in Louisiana ruled that it would be unlikely for the other three to find a hospital that will work with them, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals contrarily concluded that the abortions were likely able to meet the requirement.

    Kavanaugh noted that there will be a 45-day “regulatory transition period” before the law is actually enforced, which will consequently give abortionists additional time to determine whether or not they can find a hospital willing to grant admitting privileges.

    Should they not be able to comply at the end of the 45-day period, the law would then be deemed to be a “burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion and the request for an injunction could return to the district court.

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