- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2019

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will hear a case challenging a law aimed at regulating the abortion industry, as the 2019 term kicks off next week.

The challenge involves a Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no further than 30 miles from the women’s clinic.

June Medical Services and a few physicians brought the legal battle against the legislation, saying it resembles a Texas law that the high court struck down in a 5-4 ruling three years ago. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has since retired, sided with the liberal wing to strike it down.

Earlier this year, the high court, in a 5-4 move, stopped the Louisiana law from taking effect after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the regulation, ruling against the clinic.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the four Democratic-appointed justices in that move.

Pro-choice advocacy groups said they hope the court won’t reverse course, given the new conservative majority cemented by President Trump’s two Supreme Court picks.

“If the rule of law means anything, it means that the court cannot sit by and watch as the lower court thumbs its nose at Supreme Court precedent and at people’s constitutional rights. We hope and expect that the court will strike down this unconstitutional law, which would decimate access to abortion for people in Louisiana,” said Jennifer Dalven, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations welcomed the court’s review, saying it will give the court a chance to weigh in on the abortion issue for the first time in three years.

“Louisiana’s long and sordid history of dirty and dangerous abortion businesses being shuttered one by one in order to protect women from fly-by-night and dangerous abortionists should tell the Court all it needs to know, both about the legal benefits of this law and the dubious right of abortionists to sue to overturn laws designed to protect their own patients,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life.

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