Supreme Court to consider Louisiana abortion access law
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Supreme Court’s new term (all times local):
The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.
The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter. A decision is likely to come by the end of June.
The high court indicated last February it would take a thorough look at the case when it agreed to block a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The Louisiana law is virtually identical to a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. That decision came when Justice Anthony Kennedy was on the bench and before President Donald Trump’s two high court picks, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, joined the court.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Both sides of the abortion debate are waiting to see if the Supreme Court adds new disputes over state abortion regulations to its election-year docket.
The court is expected Friday to announce new cases it will consider in the term that begins next week.
The justices met in private this week to discuss the hundreds of appeals that accumulated over the summer. In recent years, they’ve announced new cases they’ve accepted for full review in advance of the term’s start on the first Monday in October.
The most significant of those pending appeals deal with a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and an Indiana measure calling for women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.