Abortion case shows Roberts firmly at Supreme Court’s center

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For instance, a convicted bank robber can appeal to a circuit court, but not on the basis that she didn't do it because she was in another city at the time of the robbery: That question has already been decided at the trial court level: She was at the bank. His vote Thursday was not a vote for abortion rights as much it was a message to the lower courts to "knock that shit off" in trying to unilaterally undercut Supreme Court precedent by ignoring Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt and not going through the proper channels. The stay will remain in place until the Supreme Court decides whether or not to hear the case challenging the Louisiana law on its merits. The law compelled abortion providers to get surgical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.

After the ruling, some Democrats seized on Kavanaugh's vote as proof that he was not following through on his assurances at his confirmation hearing to respect past Supreme Court decisions on abortion.

Landry said that his office "will not waver" in defense of the law and will "continue to do all that we legally can to protect Louisiana women and the unborn".

States on the other side of the divide are fighting back to preserve access to reproductive health care.

Michaelson proposes an analogy in which a law is passed that requires doctors who perform abortions to "wear polka dotted shirts with striped ties and clown shoes", and argues that by Kavanaugh's logic, if the doctors could obtain the clothes, this would not constitute an "undue burden". That order, called an administrative stay, was necessary so that the justices could review court filings from each party.

Trump had pledged during the campaign to appoint "pro-life" justices - judges who are opposed to abortion rights - and abortion opponents are hoping the more conservative bench will be more open to upholding abortion restrictions.

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Brian Fallon, the director of Demand Justice, a liberal group that opposed the Kavanaugh nomination, said the group will launch a digital ad buy of more than $10,000 next week in ME to inform voters of how Collins' vote for Kavanaugh helped lead to the ruling Thursday.

The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

It was signed into law in 2014, but a federal judge blocked it, later ruling the law unconstitutional. Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court because he pinky-swore Susan Collins he'd uphold Roe.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the high court's liberal bloc to prohibit the law's implementation over the dissent of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It was also the first major abortion-related decision of the Court with its new conservative majority - following the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the bench a year ago. The practical effect would be to reduce the number of abortion providers in Louisiana.

The author of the opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy, has since retired, however, and his Trump-appointed replacement, Brett Kavanaugh, voted to allow the Louisiana law to go into effect. Louisiana has three abortion clinics and four doctors who perform abortions at those facilities. But first, suggests Kavanaugh, the doctors should try to get admitting privileges.

But Kavanaugh's decision on the Louisiana law appears to run counter to one the court made recently about a similar Texas law, a move that convinced pro-choice supporters to express alarm that Roe could be in trouble. Admitting privileges are hard for abortion providers to obtain because too few of their patients are likely to seek hospital care, as well as because of ideological opposition from hospitals.

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