The Supreme Court docket struck down a Louisiana regulation limiting abortions, ruling by a 5-Four vote that it was an identical to a Texas regulation requiring suppliers to acquire hospital admitting privileges that the justices invalidated in 2016.
In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, 4 liberal justices reaffirmed their 2016 determination that such measures don’t have any medical advantages and thus intrude with a lady’s constitutional proper to finish a being pregnant.
The fifth vote, nevertheless, got here from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote individually on narrower grounds to say that the precedent required the identical outcome. The chief justice had dissented from the 2016 determination, the place the fifth vote within the majority got here from now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I joined the dissent in Entire Lady’s Well being and proceed to consider that the case was wrongly determined,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “The query as we speak nevertheless shouldn’t be whether or not Entire Lady’s Well being was proper or improper, however whether or not to stick to it in deciding the current case.”