The Supreme Court ruled Monday to strike down a Louisiana law which requires abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital where patients can be transferred should there be complications. Justice John Roberts, a conservative who has recently sided with the four liberal judges on matters, again sided against his four conservative counterparts, voting that the law violates abortion rights protected by Roe v. Wade.
The Right is disappointed and saddened, saying this move only highlights the importance of fighting for the rights of the unborn rather than trying to control abortion industry regulations. The Right is pushing for Congress to circumvent the courts by passing a law which would provide “constitutional legal protections for unborn children.” Johnnie Moore, an evangelical adviser for Trump, said the court’s decision will only foster greater enthusiasm among Trump supporters come election time. The dissenting justices agreed that the law aimed to protect women’s health:
“In deciding whether to grant admitting privileges, hospitals typically undertake a rigorous investigative process to ensure that a doctor is responsible and competent and has the training and experience needed to perform the procedures for which the privileges are sought.”Justice Samuel A. Alito
The Left is elated. Heidi Sieck with the advocacy group #VOTEPROCHOICE said that the law “was an obvious challenge to our reproductive freedom, and it points to the urgent need to vote for pro-choice candidates from the top of the ballot all the way down.” The Left is vying for Congress to pass a law which would allow women to have greater abortion access, even in states where it is banned or restricted. The justices who struck down the law agreed that it “put an undue burden on the constitutional right to the procedure.”
“This week, we’re winning the battle, and that means we can stay open to fight another day…I’m celebrating today, but I’m still worried about our future.”Kathaleen Pittman, Hope Medical Group For Women administrator
In opposition to others on the left, Democratic Sen. Katrina Jackson, author of the Louisiana law, said that admitting privileges are a “requirement of every other ambulatory surgical center in Louisiana” except for abortion clinics.
On today, the Supreme Court struck down commonsense legislation that required physicians to have admitting privileges – God be with women as we continue to see the standards of health care decline when it comes to us https://t.co/TbgiUd9A9p— Katrina Jackson (@KatrinaJack_Sen) June 29, 2020