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Gov. Edwards releases statement after Supreme Court blocks La. abortion clinic law

5 years 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, February 08 2019 Feb 8, 2019 February 08, 2019 11:50 AM February 08, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court has stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.

The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.

President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who would have allowed the law to take effect.

Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement about the ruling:

“As a pro-life Catholic, I will always advocate for laws that protect the dignity and sanctity of life. I voted for the bill in 2014. I urge the Supreme Court to act quickly in this matter, so Louisiana may move forward.”

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