Supreme Court hands down major decision reaffirming abortion rights

Source: ABC News - View Original Article
Published: Jul 13, 2020
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71% Liberal


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This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 71% Liberal:

  • 4 positive sentiments and 4 negative sentiments for Abortion.


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98% "The Supreme Court was on the right side of history last week, and they are again today."
90% "We're relieved that the Louisiana law has been blocked today but we're concerned about tomorrow, Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which argued the case for the providers, said in a statement."
89% "And the law must consequently reach a similar conclusion."
77% "Northup concluded her statement by calling on Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, a federal bill that would ensure the promise of Roe v. Wade is realized in every state for every person."
69% "Following Kennedy's retirement in 2018 and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, their replacements -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- are seen as more conservative."
63% "Justice Anthony Kennedy represented the swing vote on abortion in the 2016 case, then siding with the liberal-leaning justices."
60% "Act 620 is unconstitutional, Breyer wrote in conclusion on the June Medical opinion."
58% "The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, was a challenge to a Louisiana law that required abortion providers have admitting privileges with a nearby hospital -- an agreement between a doctor and a hospital that allows a patient to go that hospital if they need urgent care."
50% "Instead, the Fifth Circuit ruled Louisiana's admitting privileges law could stand."
-52% "But the Court's decision could embolden states to pass even more restrictive laws when clarity is needed if abortion rights are to be protected."
-62% "In fact, in 2016, the Supreme Court ruled, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, that a nearly identical hospital admitting privileges law out of Texas caused an undue burden on patients seeking abortions after it caused roughly half of clinics in the state to shut down."
-68% "This case is similar to, nearly identical with, Whole Woman's Health."
-71% "With this win, the clinics in Louisiana can stay open to serve the one million women of reproductive age in the state."
-80% "Roberts had been on the dissenting side of the Texas Whole Woman's case."
-97% "Abortion providers argued this was an unnecessary requirement unrelated to health outcomes that only served to prevent them from being able to provide abortion care."

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98% : In June Medical, both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh sided with the minority and wrote their own separate opinions.
98% : The Supreme Court was on the right side of history last week, and they are again today.
95% : This decision underscores the importance of nominating and confirming judges who refrain from legislating from the bench, something pro-life voters will certainly remember come November.
93% : Hope Medical Group for Women WON and the Whole Woman's Health precedent still stands in the USA.
90% : "We're relieved that the Louisiana law has been blocked today but we're concerned about tomorrow," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which argued the case for the providers, said in a statement.
89% : And the law must consequently reach a similar conclusion.
86% : In the majority opinion, the court also said that third-party standing applied to this case, as precedent had set in many other cases both on abortion and otherwise. "In short, the State's strategic waiver and a long line of well-established precedents foreclose its belated challenge to the plaintiffs' standing," Breyer wrote.
83% : In his concurring opinion with the majority on June Medical, Roberts explained that he still believed his 2016 opinion that "the case was wrongly decided," but he joined the majority this time around because "the question today" is on "whether to adhere to [the Whole Woman's case] in deciding the present case.
83% : Therefore Louisiana's law cannot stand under our precedents.
82% : In the 2020 opinion, Breyer called the Louisiana law "almost word-for-word identical to Texas' admitting-privileges law.
77% : Chief Justice John Roberts also filed an opinion concurring for the majority.
77% : Northup concluded her statement by calling on Congress to pass the "Women's Health Protection Act, a federal bill that would ensure the promise of Roe v. Wade is realized in every state for every person."
74% : The action that brought this case to the Supreme Court was that in 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals surprised court watchers by reversing a decision on the Louisiana law that struck it down based on the 2016 Supreme Court case.
74% : Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, said in a statement, "In a time where our nation yearns to move forward progressively, the Trump Administration acted to move the dial back decades by filling the courts with conservative judges and justices.
70% : While Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that declared abortion a protected right, included an individual patient challenging the law, every major abortion case since then has been presented by providers and clinics like Whole Woman's Health, Planned Parenthood or June Medical Services.
69% : Following Kennedy's retirement in 2018 and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, their replacements -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- are seen as more conservative.
63% : The opinion was written by Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
63% : Justice Anthony Kennedy represented the swing vote on abortion in the 2016 case, then siding with the liberal-leaning justices.
60% : The Supreme Court announced a major ruling on abortion, deciding that the Louisiana law is unconstitutional and should not stand.
60% : Act 620 is unconstitutional," Breyer wrote in conclusion on the June Medical opinion.
58% : The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, was a challenge to a Louisiana law that required abortion providers have admitting privileges with a nearby hospital -- an agreement between a doctor and a hospital that allows a patient to go that hospital if they need urgent care.
57% : Since 2016, the Supreme Court's makeup has changed.
53% : The dissenters on the court, in the minority, disagreed with this.
52% : Kavanaugh, meanwhile in a shorter separate opinion, wrote that he believed the Louisiana law could be different from Texas and that there should be more fact-finding.
50% : Instead, the Fifth Circuit ruled Louisiana's admitting privileges law could stand.
48% : Admitting privileges can be difficult for abortion providers to obtain as hospitals do not want to be associated with them due to the stigma and as abortion is a statistically safe procedure, requiring extremely limited numbers of patients to have to go to hospitals for care.
48% : But the Court's decision could embolden states to pass even more restrictive laws when clarity is needed if abortion rights are to be protected.
47% : In bringing the case to the Supreme Court, Louisiana added another challenge on, questioning what's called "third-party standing," which means that a third party -- like an abortion provider -- is allowed to argue on behalf of the person actually impacted -- a patient.
45% : "The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons.
43% : " Essentially, Roberts based his decision not on his opinion on the law itself, but on the basic concept of court precedent. "The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike," he wrote.
38% : In fact, in 2016, the Supreme Court ruled, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, that a nearly identical hospital admitting privileges law out of Texas caused an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortions after it caused roughly half of clinics in the state to shut down.
32% : "This case is similar to, nearly identical with, Whole Woman's Health.
29% : In his dissent, Gorsuch focused on the supposed benefits to patient health the law could pose, positioning abortion as a potentially unsafe procedure.
29% : "With this win, the clinics in Louisiana can stay open to serve the one million women of reproductive age in the state.
20% : Roberts had been on the dissenting side of the Texas Whole Woman's case.
17% : This ploy did not work.
14% : Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, an anti-abortion group, said in a statement, "No abortion facility should receive a free pass to provide substandard care.
11% : That 2016 case set what was supposed to be a precedent that laws like Texas' that "'do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion' cannot survive judicial inspection," Ginsburg wrote in a concurring opinion, referencing a lower court case.
3% : Abortion providers argued this was an unnecessary requirement unrelated to health outcomes that only served to prevent them from being able to provide abortion care.

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