On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to temporarily block a Louisiana law from 2014 that would have effectively shuttered all but one of the state’s three remaining abortion clinics and represents a dangerous swerve in the high court’s precedent. As NPR reported, the decision is only a “pause”: “It allows abortion-rights proponents time to bring an appeal to a newly constituted conservative court majority that may nonetheless be willing to reverse course dramatically on the subject of abortion.” In September, the Fifth Circuit handed down a surprising decision in June Medical Center v. Gee, upholding the Louisiana statute, which had previously been blocked by a district court shorty after it was passed in 2014. On January 25, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court asking that it stay the Fifth Circuit’s ruling and in doing so stop the law from going into effect. At issue in the case is a TRAP (Targeted Regulation of an Abortion Provider) law, which, if allowed to go into effect, would have required doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, a stipulation which has nothing to do with the safety of the procedure. If… Read full this story
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