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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: High Court’s Surprising Abortion Decision

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The Supreme Court shocked each side within the polarized abortion battle Monday by ruling, 5-Four, that a Louisiana legislation requiring docs who carry out the process to have admitting privileges at a close-by hospital is an unconstitutional infringement of a lady’s proper to an abortion.

As anticipated, the court docket’s 4 liberals within the case, June Medical Services v. Russo, mentioned that the legislation didn’t present any protections for girls and merely made it tougher for them to acquire an abortion and that it was almost equivalent to a Texas legislation struck down in 2016. The 4 conservatives mentioned the Louisiana legislation needs to be upheld, though that might have left the state with solely a single abortion supplier. The swing vote was Chief Justice John Roberts, who, in a concurring opinion, mentioned he disagreed with the ruling within the Texas case however it’s now precedent and thus shouldn’t be overturned.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Jennifer Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times.

The panelists broke down the choice alongside a number of traces, together with:

Why a court docket with 5 justices who’ve all voted to again abortion restrictions didn’t uphold the primary main abortion legislation to come back earlier than it since Anthony Kennedy retired and was changed by Brett Kavanaugh. How the ruling might have gone a lot additional than merely upholding the Louisiana legislation. The court docket had been requested to make use of the case to overturn Roe v. Wade in its entirety and to bar abortion suppliers from submitting go well with on behalf of their sufferers. The justices did neither. Why Justice Roberts’ vote on this case doesn’t counsel he’ll vote with abortion-rights supporters in different instances, however may supply a clue on how he’ll vote within the upcoming case difficult the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. How this case might play on the polls in November.

“What the Health?” is taking a break on Thursday however will return July 9.

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