The controversial Louisiana abortion law that would have closed nearly every abortion clinic in the state has been blocked by the Supreme Court after Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices. The ruling is considered a win for abortion rights supporters and pro-choice supporters who argued that the law is not medically necessary and its purpose is to restrict abortion. Doctors would have been banned from performing the procedure in the state unless they had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion and noted that the majority “consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional”.
“The evidence also shows that opposition to abortion played a significant role in some hospitals’ decisions to deny admitting privileges.” – Justice Breyer added.
This is not the first time for Justice Roberts to side with liberals in major cases, as he upheld the program which allowed immigrants who came into the U.S. as children to remain. Additionally, he supported the LGBTQ+ community when he sided with the opinion which extends anti-discrimination protections of LGBTQ+ workers.