Samuel A. Alito

Supreme Court says Louisiana cannot enforce restrictive abortion law in 5-4 vote

Supreme Court says Louisiana cannot enforce restrictive abortion law in 5-4 vote

A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that Louisiana may not enforce a law that opponents say would close most of the state's abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure.

The justices may yet consider whether the 2014 law - requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals - unduly burdens a woman's access to abortion. The Louisiana law has never been enforced, and the Supreme Court in 2016 found a nearly identical Texas law to be unconstitutional.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the court's four liberals in blocking the law for now. The majority did not give a reason for granting the stay,...

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