One of President Donald Trump’s most-cherished issues is the fight against abortion in this country. Now, pro-choice advocates could soon find themselves in a losing cause based on an upcoming case on the Supreme Court.
June Medical Services v. Russo will be heard by the high court on Wednesday, according to The Hill — and it could change the future of abortion in this country forever.
This current case is very similar to the 2016 case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
This was a case originating in Texas that required abortion doctors to be able to have admitting privileges at local hospitals in order to be able to perform abortions. That case fell on the pro-choice side, with a vote of 5–3.
There were only eight sitting justices at that time, as the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat had not yet been filled. The swing vote, in that case, was Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has since retired.
This new case is very similar in nature, but the question remains if the current lineup of justices will deem it to be similar enough to use the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt as a precedent in this case.
With Kennedy now gone and new Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch on the bench, there is a very good chance this case could end up favorably for the pro-life crowd.
The Hill reports that the case at hand concerns “a challenge to a 2014 law passed by the [Louisiana’s] Republican-led legislature. Known as Act 620, the law required physicians who perform abortions to hold ‘active admitting privileges’ at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility,” the outlet noted.
The argument being made by the challengers is that the qualifier of having admission privileges will make it even harder for women to get abortions in Louisiana. The advocates in favor of the rule say the opposite — that his law would make it safer, even if it means fewer doctors would be able to perform these abortions.
Katie Glenn, an attorney for Americans United for Life, stated: “It’s important that as the patient you have continuity of care, that you’re admitted without going through and sitting in the waiting room. Your doctor can take you straight to the hospital and continue to care for you in that emergency situation.”
For those worried about where Chief Justice Roberts will fall, he did vote in favor of the restrictions in the Texas case when it first came to the Supreme Court.
Again, the biggest obstacle right now is the fact a precedent has been set in the Texas case and if the Justices believe the new law is different enough to make a new ruling. Regardless, the fact that the court is even hearing an abortion case of this caliber is progress towards the ultimate goal.