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Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law


By a 5-4 vote, the court rules there is little medical benefit in requiring doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital before performing abortions WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that could have closed two of the state’s three abortion clinics, ruling in a 5-4 vote that it was virtually identical to a Texas measure that the court had invalidated four years ago.
In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, four liberal justices reaffirmed their 2016 decision that the key feature in both the Texas and Louisiana laws—that abortions could be performed only by doctors granted permission by a local hospital to admit a patient should something go wrong—has...