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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

Law required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals

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MONDAY, June 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Louisiana abortion law that could have left the state without an abortion clinic was struck down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The law was enacted in 2014 and required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, The New York Times reported.

The Supreme Court vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. voting with the court's four-member liberal wing. Roberts said respect for precedent compelled him to vote with the majority.

This was the first abortion case to be heard by the court since it shifted to the right with two of President Trump's appointments, The Times reported.

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