The Supreme Court has decided to take up the case against the Louisiana abortion law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This case is very similar to a case from 2016 when the Supreme Court had a swing vote in Anthony Kennedy that helped rule it unconstitutional. With Brett Kavanaugh replacing him, some are expecting the outcome to be different.
We are using the CBS video on this one so conservatives have an understanding of the talking points being used against the law. It’s being framed as an attack on “abortion care” because it would reduce the number of allowable clinics in the state to one. Those who oppose the law note the statistics showing low-income and minority women are disproportionately affected by this law.
There are some conservatives who are displeased that this is the case the Supreme Court is taking up first regarding abortion with its new originalist majority. It’s a case that is nuanced rather than being an outright attempt at banning abortion and will have little effect on Roe v. Wade. But it’s actually the right case to take up now as a litmus test for the court as both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh have expressed views in defense of abortion in the past.
Roberts has established himself as the de facto swing vote, a role he cherishes and one that essentially pits four left-leaning Justices versus four right-leaning Justices. Being in the middle gives Roberts an extreme level of power over the laws of the land.
This case is a step in the right direction against abortion if the Supreme Court rules in its favor. It’s not the “Roe v. Wade” killer that many conservatives seek, but it’s a perfect test to see if the court makeup is suitable to stop abortion in America.
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