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Supreme Court Justice Roberts Sides With Liberals Again, This Time On Louisiana Abortion Law

The Supreme Court on Monday decided that a Louisiana law requiring that those who perform abortions at clinics must have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, as it places an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

The high court ruled 5-4 in the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, with Chief Justice John Roberts again casting a deciding vote by siding with the court’s liberal faction. The previously thought conservative Chief Justice has gone beyond his oft-stated goal of providing balance to the court and now can be legitimately, in many cases, viewed as a moderate to liberal member of the court.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority:

“We have examined the extensive record carefully and conclude that it supports the District Court’s findings of fact. Those findings mirror those made in Whole Woman’s Health in every relevant respect and require the same result. We consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional…”

“The District Court found that the law ‘offers no significant health benefit’ and that ‘conditions on admitting privileges’ common to hospitals throughout the State have made and will continue to make it impossible for abortion providers to obtain conforming privileges for reasons that have nothing to do with the State’s asserted interests in promoting women’s health and safety.”

“The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” Roberts wrote in a concurring opinion. “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.”

The problem with stare decisis in the Roberts interpretation is that a past court can legislate from the bench and ignore stare decisis by breaking judicial precedent, while a future court must comply with the new interpretation. It makes the Supreme Court a first come, first serve legal fast food joint.

In his eloquent dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.”

In a related court issue, the high court on Monday, over the dissent of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, refused to take up a case challenging the government’s death penalty regulations. This clears the way for federal executions to resume in July. Roberts voted with the conservative majority on this, as did other moderate justices.

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on the issue earlier this month:

“The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death. The four murderers whose executions are scheduled today have received full and fair proceedings under our Constitution and laws.

We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on June 29, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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  • How much you wanna bet that this is the very same JOHN ROBERTS who is listed on Epstein's flight logs and guest lists? He's a baby killing blood sucking cannibal too!!!!!!

  • Justice Roberts is a hypocrite He ruled against against the Dems in another state ffor this same law Now he ruled for them..... well which is it Roberts?

  • Someone on the left/deep state "owns" the Chief Justice. I suspect it may have to do with Epstein's porn island.

  • John Roberts was listed 3x on Epstein's ledger/guest list. He's a compromised sodomite. Seems the swamp runs in all areas.

  • John Roberts was listed 3x on Epstein's ledger/guest list. He's a compromised sodomite. Seems the swamp runs in all areas.

  • Even less of a burden than requiring abortion 'doctors' to have admitting privileges at hospitals would be to allow beauticians and barbers and mail carriers to perform them without a license. Safety be damned - it already is for the baby, why not for the mother, too?

  • Roberts, you are now hated by more than 170,000,000 people in this country. You need to resign immediately. As a "so called" conservative, you have voted for the worst transfer in wealth this country has ever seen by voting for ObamaCare. But you not only voted for it, you were the key person to tell the liberals how they could get it passed!!! Once again, you are the swing vote that guarantees that hundreds of thousands of babies will be murdered again this year. You are not only a DISGRACE to the Supreme Court, you are a DISGRACE for those murdered babies. I hope you burn in HELL!

  • There shouldn't be life long appointments to the highest bench in the land. i.e., Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Serve your time and make room for the next justice in line. Only people with true wisdom and commonsense need apply. The litmus test should be, do you believe in the U.S. Constitution and are you willing to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic. So far, we have a mess on our hands, thanks to the liberal left. They have managed to corrupt every social and political institution there is.

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