Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
One state took action, passing a pro-life law that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges to protect health and safety.
On Thursday, a half hour before the court acted on the Louisiana law, Roberts voted with the conservatives to deny a Muslim death row inmate's plea to have his imam with him for his execution in Alabama. But dissent signals Kavanaugh's openness to state restrictions on abortion rights with limitations and without overturning Roe v. Wade outright.
"We are disappointed this law has been enjoined, but we are hopeful that the state of Louisiana will prevail in the end", Travis Wussow, general counsel and vice president for public policy of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in written comments for Baptist Press.
States on the other side of the divide are fighting back to preserve access to reproductive health care.
The Louisiana clinics had argued that they would have been forced to stop performing abortions immediately and that clinics, once closed, are hard to reopen.
New Mexico is seeking to repeal an abortion ban on the books since before the supreme court legalized abortion across the country in 1973. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the law.
"While the far left was quick and enthusiastic with their criticism today, it's noteworthy that they greeted Justice Kavanaugh's decision in the recent Planned Parenthood case - where he provided the decisive vote in Planned Parenthood's favor - with near total silence", she said.
The 2014 law required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. If it does, as seems likely, a ruling on the constitutionality of the Louisiana law would likely come next year.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined with Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor to grant an emergency stay while the case proceeds. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh opposed the stay.
Louisiana has only three clinics with a total of four doctors who perform abortions, only one of whom has hospital admitting privileges. But first, suggests Kavanaugh, the doctors should try to get admitting privileges.
In a profound display of missing the point, Kavanaugh wrote at length about how the effect of the Louisiana statute might not really be as bad as it's cracked up to be. "They need to know that we're doing something different, that we're applying the law", Roberts said during an appearance this week at Tennessee's Belmont University.
A grassroots fundraising effort to unseat Collins after her decisive vote past year to confirm Kavanaugh has already raised millions of dollars, and the advocacy group Demand Justice announced in an email to supporters on Friday morning that it will run digital ads in Maine highlighting the judge's dissent in the Louisiana case as yet another reason the Maine Republican should be ousted in 2020.
In that case, the high court voted 5-3 to rule that portions of a Texas law regulating abortion doctors and clinics constitute an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abort her child and are therefore unconstitutional. "If they can. then the new law would not impose an undue burden for purposes of [the precedent in the Texas case]".
Kennedy, a conservative who retired in July 2018, had voted to preserve abortion rights in 1992 and again in the 2016 Texas case.
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