A major abortion case has been put off for a few more days.
The Supreme Court has held off making a decision on a major abortion case from Louisiana until next week.
The legislation being fought is very similar to a law from Texas that died in the courts several years ago.
The new law in Louisiana would prevent doctors at abortion clinics from performing procedures if they do not have admissions rights to a hospital within 30 miles. Just as they did in Texas, opponents of the law have argued that the legislation would severely limit the number of doctors who could perform abortions.
According to abortion advocates, this would leave more than 10,000 women each year unable to receive abortion services in the state.
They also argued that if the clinics are forced to close while the law is still being decided by the courts, many of these clinics will end up closing permanently.
Submitting to the advocates’ argument that there is no real harm in allowing the clinics to operate, a stay was placed against enforcing the new law until the Supreme Court has time to consider the case.
Justice Samuel Alito agreed with this move, and blocked the legislation from being enforced until Feb. 7, when the court is expected to make its decision — but he said the stay in no way reflects the direction the court is leaning in this case.
“This order does not reflect any view regarding the merits,” Alito said.
When the Texas law was struck down by the Supreme Court, the vote was 5-3, with Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the liberals. But now that Kennedy has been replaced by Brett Kavanaugh, liberals are expecting the new vote to come down 5-4 in favor of keeping the law in place.
In the Texas decision, the court decided that the reason many of the doctors did not have admissions privileges at local hospitals had nothing to do with their competence. Moreover, the ruling stated that if the legislation had been allowed to continue, it would have violated a woman’s apparent constitutional right to abortion.
But the Supreme Court does not need to overturn Roe v. Wade in order to make it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate — meaning that this case is every liberal’s worth nightmare.
Still, Kavanaugh has stated in the past that he would respect precedents. If that holds true, the Texas case will be the precedent here, as the legislation is almost identical in nature.
Either way, a decision from the court is expected on Feb. 7, and you can bet liberals will be sitting on pins and needles awaiting the result.