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Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana law that severely restricted abortions

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jun 29, 2020

In a 5-4 decision announced Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that severely restricted abortion in the state, marking a win for abortion rights advocates.

Chief Justice John Roberts, a crucial conservative swing vote, sided with liberal Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan in issuing the majority opinion.

According to The Associated Press, Roberts has favored restrictions on abortion in two previous Supreme Court rulings.

The decision strikes down a Louisiana law that would have required physicians who perform abortions to also have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. The law would have reduced the number of physicians in the state who were legally permitted to conduct an abortion to

The law was nearly identical to a Texas law that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in a 2016 decision.

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