Tuesday, June 30, 2020

One Man’s Supreme Court: The Chief Justice relies on an abortion precedent he dissented from.


So much for all those crocodile fears about the end of abortion rights. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that a state can’t even require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital.

And the logic of the concurring opinion from Chief Justice John Roberts, who provided the fifth vote, suggests not even de minimis regulation of abortion will survive his Court’s scrutiny.

A woman’s right to abortion wasn’t at issue in June Medical Services v. Russo. No woman seeking an abortion was a plaintiff. The case was brought by abortion providers, who claimed that Louisiana’s requirement that they have admitting privileges at a hospital would be an undue burden on the ability of women to obtain an abortion.

Here’s the stunner: Four years ago a different Court majority overturned a similar Texas statute, with then Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the four liberals. Chief Justice Roberts dissented in that case.

Yet on Monday the Chief joined the liberals, citing his duty to follow precedent.

More @ WSJ


  1. I just now saw the news headline announcing that the Supreme Court of our United States has now removed ALL restrictions on abortions (i.e., "infanticide") ! ! !

    This must surely bring the wrath of Almighty God and the weeping of Heaven down upon all of us American citizens.

    Why did we condemn those who were bold enough and dedicated enough to actually bomb abortion clinics and assassinate abortion providers?

    At least, they were doing something, which is more than can be said for the rest of us.

    John Robert Mallernee

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    He was also pleasing to look at.

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