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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant, June 29, 2020

Catholic justice sides with liberals in major abortion case

WASHINGTON ( – Chief Justice John Roberts — a Catholic — cast the deciding vote in the High Court’s first major abortion ruling of the Trump era.

Roberts sided with four liberal justices Monday in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo, allowing the U.S. Supreme Court to nullify Louisiana’s abortionist admitting-privilege law. Concurring with the liberal majority, Roberts wrote that the status quo must be preserved.

“The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” Roberts penned. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Louisiana’s law required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals in order to operate. It mirrored a Texas law that in 2016 was challenged before the High Court in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Roberts claims the Texas case, in which the High Court sided with abortionists, established a status quo to which the court must cling.  …

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