Louisiana abortion law struck down

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports on the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a Louisiana law that would have led to the closure of all but one abortion clinic in the state.
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Now to the Supreme Court which they handed down a major victory to abortion rights activists in a five to four decision the court struck down a Louisiana law. That would've left the state with just what single abortion clinic and Chief Justice John Roberts was again the decisive here's ABC's Devin Dwyer. From a conservative Supreme Court a surprising decision on abortion. The court today striking down a little queasy and a state law that require doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Clinics like hope medical in Shreveport Louisiana when he just three abortion providers in the state. Said it was near impossible for their doctors to meet that requirement that it is highly possible there are all but one if not all clinics were close and always warm. Justice Stephen Breyer in the court's liberal justices agreed seem to potential closure of clinics would create a substantial obstacle for women. State officials said the regulation was meant to protect women's health. Even though hospitalization after an abortion is rare the justices concluded there is no significant health benefit from the law. Procedure is already extremely states when it is difficult and time consuming to. Adjust it makes no sense require. Only doctors should you or to happen and colleges and states like Louisiana don't show. And eat it. Doctors and urges. Do we Deanna law is nearly identical to a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016. Since then president trump added Brent Cavanaugh and new courses should the benched. Raising hopes among conservatives that the outcome in this case might be different and you look at the Supreme Court the pro life but in an extraordinary move Chief Justice John Roberts who dissented in the Texas case in opposes abortion. Said from the we easy and a law violates the court's precedent. Writing the we easy and it imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law for the same reasons. They are for a blue easy Anna's law cannot stand. In Morris concurring opinion he makes very clear that he thinks that started to fight SP idea that courts abide by their prior decisions. If in some ways what separates the judicial branch from the political branches of cover so you stick with settled law whether you like it or not. In a statement white house Press Secretary Keeley Mac in any Sid the ruling devalued both the health of mothers in the lives of unborn children adding quote. Unelected justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of state governments. Says president trump took office there's been a wave of state attempts to restrict abortion. Including 25 laws passed last year alone to ban all or most abortions none of taken effect. At least fifteen states have considered enacting new admitting privileges laws which Louisiana but those efforts now look in doubt. Well she hugely today that it is to begin with the critics Louisiana rules and oh yes the access to abortion has been affirmed by the Supreme Court. But the hot as there are these laws should she usually coming it's so important that everybody be good. ABC news visited the hope medical clinic in Louisiana earlier this year seen firsthand the health care workers serving women from across the south. The protesters outside making their voices heard. Clinic director Kathleen Pittman told us regardless of the court's decision she was focused on the months ahead. Ahead what we need to do is concentrate on that here and then take care the patients that are currently in our care and make sure. They have everything they need and it's really hard for the talks. And Devin Dwyer joins us now live DeVon you mention that wave of state laws since president trump took office seeking to restrict abortion what impact does today's decision have on those a thousand. Any other cases on restricting abortion that could make their way to the Supreme Court. There were the Chief Justice Lindsay today made very clear any abortion regulation that imposes a substantial obstacle for women. We all not fly here and that is a huge relief. For abortion advocates several told me today that they see this is a sign that our chief Justice Roberts is not eager to overturn Roe vs. Wade. But the justice did make clear that other abortion regulations can come forward bill and evaluate them in a case by case. Basis and anti abortion activists and I'd say the fight is not over Lindsay. And Evan we also saw another major decision today on the death penalty one of the court rule on math. Yeah. That did federal government has not executed someone in seventeen years there are sixty. Federal death court death row inmates in this country the president says he wants to fast track those executions get them going. The Supreme Court tonight I said they would not look at the appeals from some of those men mean those cases could go forward as soon as July 20 all right DeVon thank you so much.

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