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Supreme Court to Rule on Restrictive Louisiana Anti-Choice Law

HeadlineFeb 07, 2019

The Supreme Court is poised to decide today whether a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law can take effect, in a case that could determine whether millions of women will have continued access to abortions. The Louisiana law, passed in 2014, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. Pro-choice groups call such statutes TRAP laws, or “targeted regulation of abortion providers”; they say the Louisiana law would leave the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a nearly identical Texas law in a 5-4 ruling. The now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled with the majority in that decision; he’s since been replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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