• Justice Roberts Once More in The Middle of a Controversial Abortion Case

    Surge Summary: The Supreme Court is again considering an abortion-related case, this one from the State of Louisiana, which would require abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. A similar law was shot down by the court in 2016. How will the much-changed court – including unpredictable Chief Justice John Roberts – respond to this new effort?

    by Gary Bauer

    The Supreme Court today heard arguments in a critical case challenging a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges in case of an emergency during the abortion procedure.

    The Louisiana law is similar to a Texas law the high court struck down in 2016 in a 5-to-3 vote after Justice Scalia had passed away.  But the Supreme Court has changed significantly since then.

    President Trump appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia and Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, who was the deciding fifth vote in the Texas case.

    The Louisiana law is just common sense.  Doctors performing surgical procedures that can and do go terribly wrong should be able to access hospitals in emergencies.  The left is usually eager to regulate businesses.  Yet the left insists that there be no regulation at all when it comes to the abortion industry.

    The left also insist that abortion is about “women’s healthcare.”  Well, that is precisely the issue in this case – regulations to ensure the health and safety of women.

    Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold the Texas law four years ago, seemed somewhat at odds with his previous opinion today.  Reports suggest that he was wrestling with how much weight to give the precedent set by the Texas ruling.  A decision is expected this summer.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: Pete Souza – Obama-Biden Transition project from flickr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5719089

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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