(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Chief Justice John Roberts once again strayed from other conservatives on the Supreme Court to give liberals another victory. This time, the decision is a win for pro-abortionists.
In a 5-4 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law that was very restrictive. The law required doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital that is within 30 miles of their clinic. Challengers to the law said the requirement would force two of the state’s three abortion providers to close down.
In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer said the law placed a “substantial obstacle” on women while providing “no significant health-related benefits.” As a result, it was unconstitutional.
“The evidence also shows that opposition to abortion played a significant role in some hospitals’ decisions to deny admitting privileges,” he wrote.
Roberts sided with liberals on this decision, citing a similar court ruling four years ago. Then, the Supreme Court struck down a law in Texas that was similar to the one in question on Monday. In a separate opinion, Roberts wrote:
“The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
While Roberts sided with liberals once again on another major decision, his words do seem to leave open the possibility that he’s willing to listen to other abortion challenges, which may be coming in the near future. In fact, in a footnote, he wrote the “validity of admitting privileges law depends on numerous factors that may differ from state to state.”
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a dissent that the court should revisit the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. He wrote:
“Roe is grievously wrong for many reasons, but the most fundamental is that its core holding — that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to abort her unborn child — finds no support in the text of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Conservatives were none too happy with Roberts breaking party lines again. Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said:
“It is deeply disappointing that the Chief Justice continues a pattern of inconsistent and groundless decisions. In his misguided effort to convince the public that the Supreme Court is not political, Justice Roberts shows how political it actually is.”
The president of the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said the Supreme Court’s ruling was a “bitter disappointment.” She said:
“It demonstrates once again the failure of the Supreme Court to allow the American people to protect the well-being of women from the tentacles of a brutal and profit-seeking abortion industry.”
She further stated the decision “reinforces just how important Supreme Court judges are to advancing the pro-life cause,” saying it is “imperative that we re-elect President Trump and our pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate so we can further restore the judiciary, most especially the Supreme Court.”
Even Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, said the Supreme Court’s ruling was “unfortunate.”