(FreedomJournal.org)- Chief Justice John Roberts appears to be siding with liberals more than conservatives these days. Not long after he sided with the liberals in the Supreme Court over DACA, Chief Justice John Roberts has slapped down an abortion safety law in Louisiana as illegal. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted against the abortion safety law in June Medical Services v. Russo.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion for the suit, explaining that the law in Louisiana that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals to continue care in the event of an emergency has “nothing to do with the State’s asserted interested in promoting women’s health and safety.”
“The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” Roberts explained in the ruling. “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 own precedents.”
In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas explained, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.”
“As is often the case with legal challenges to abortion regulations, this suit was brought by abortionists and abortion clinics. Their sole claim before this Court is that Louisiana’s law violates the purported substantive due process right of a woman to abort her unborn child,” he continued. “But they concede that this right does not belong to them, and they seek to vindicate no private rights of their own.”
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 29, 2020
Under the legislation struck down by the Supreme Court, abortionists were required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. It would mean that in the event of an emergency during an abortion procedure, a woman could quickly be admitted to a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facilities to continue treatment. The law would ensure that women had higher standards of medical care during abortion procedures, but the pro-abortion lobby argued it was restricting women’s right to “choose.” Planned Parenthood labeled it an “anti-abortion restriction.”