This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 against a Louisiana Pro-Life law requiring abortionists to obtain admitting privileges from a nearby hospital. June Medical Services LLC v. Russo marks the first abortion-related case before the Supreme Court since Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh joined. This ruling against the Pro-Life law is disheartening but highlights the need for states to pass Pro-Life laws that directly protect preborn children rather than regulating abortion tangentially.
Texas Right to Life was cautiously optimistic with the appointment of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, and recognized that their addition meant the new swing vote on the Court is Chief Justice John Roberts. June Medical tells every abortion business in the nation that by merely threatening to close, they are not required to abide by reasonable medical standards, the same effect as the similar 2016 ruling Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Unfortunately, Chief Justice Roberts abandoned his 2016 position and today sided with the anti-Life liberal justices and against protecting women and preborn children.
Roberts claimed he had to vote against Louisiana’s law today to uphold precedent. He wrote, “I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health [the 2016 case]and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
Recently, Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh also wrote an opinion examining the court’s responsibility to uphold precedent and argued that the court has a responsibility to overturn “erroneous precedent.”
Justice Breyer, who wrote today’s disappointing opinion simply summarized the case that, “We consider the constitutionality of a Louisiana statute, Act 620, that is almost word-for-word identical to Texas’ admitting-privileges law.”
Despite this discouraging ruling, the Pro-Life movement must not waver in our commitment to protecting preborn children and their mothers to the greatest extent possible. Today’s ruling more importantly highlights the need for Pro-Life states to pass laws that directly protect preborn children in new and dynamic ways rather than get distracted on regulating the corrupt abortion industry. The Pro-Life movement must be bold with aggressive and new legislation to stop, not manage the murder of innocent human Life. Texas Right to Life will continue to advocate for preborn children and their mothers specifically through the Texas Abolition Strategy, which outlines a comprehensive, bold, and prudent plan for abolishing elective abortion in Texas.