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Volume 14
No. 5
July, 2020

US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics

The US Supreme Court has struck down a pro-life Louisiana law that required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting processes in case of abortion complications. The judges ruled in the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Russo that the Louisiana law is nearly the same as a Texas law that was ruled unconstitutional in 2016. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the Louisiana law "offers no significant health benefit," but rather, "places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortion." Chief Justice Roberts concurred with the majority opinion, invoking the legal doctrine of stare decisis to treat similar cases alike. "The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons," said Roberts. "Therefore, Louisiana's law cannot stand under our precedents."
 
Dissenting, Justice Clarence Thomas argued the abortion providers did not have standing to bring the case in the first place. "Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction," wrote Thomas.
 

 


 
 
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In this Issue

 
International Pressure for Abortion
Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, 'White Supremacy'
Oh Canada, "Mothers and babies need support, not abortion!"
 
Defending Life
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions
Actor Thanks President Trump; Asks for Prayer for Pro-Life Leaders
Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
El Salvador- Evidence Reveals Equal Disregard for Newly Born and Unborn
 
Focus on the United Nations
US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion
Abortionist Appointed to UN Position on Health
 
Focus on the OAS
IACHR Calls for Access to Reproductive Health Services during Pandemic
 
Legislative News
UK: Pro-Life Hail Victory as Pro-Abortion Amendments Fail 
Northern Ireland Says No, UK Votes Yes to Impose Abortion Law 
Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion 
Guernsey: Abortion to be Allowed 
US: Tennessee Approves Heartbeat Bill 
 
Judicial News
US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics

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