Supreme Courts Rules Against Abortion Law in Louisiana

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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional.

A 2014 Louisiana law required doctors to have admitting priviledges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of range from the clinic. This law, as the state has since defended, was written to protect the health of women undergoing abortions. On Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional as it would leave only one abortion clinic in the entire state of Louisiana.

Texas underwent a hearing for the same law in 2016 in which the Supreme Court also ruled unconstitutional. Director of the ACLU Reproductive Project Jennifer Dalven informs Americans we still have more fights ahead to secure reproductive rights. “That this law was only struck down by a 5-4 vote shows just how precarious access to abortion is in our country, where politicians continue to pass laws designed to shut down clinics and push abortion out of reach,” Dalven states to, “That’s why Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to help ensure that a person who needs abortion care is able to get it, no matter where they live or how much money they have.” According to ACLU’s research, abortions are 99% safe, leaving no reason for states to limit abortion clinics throughout the country.


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