The Supreme Court blocked an abortion challenge by Louisiana yesterday and the liberals are furious.
The left is furious because they see the writing on the wall – even though the Court upheld an earlier 2016 decision, the court will take up the full case and the signs are the conservative majority will vote to allow states to restrict abortion in this case.
Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch voted to overrule the earlier decision and John Roberts, who’s vote yesterday gave the left a fleeting victory only did so to uphold precedent. In fact, he sided with the losing conservative side in the 2016 decision and most observers expect he will again when this case comes before the court.
In other words, when they take the full case up expect Roberts to side with the conservatives giving them a 5-4 majority.
From The Maine Beacon:
In a five-to-four decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced tonight that it has blocked an attempt by the state of Louisiana to radically restrict access to abortion, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the more liberal justices in the majority opinion.
Recently-confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh dissented and argued that the law, which placed medically-unnecessary restrictions on doctors who perform abortions, should be allowed to go into effect.
Kavanaugh’s stance on the case contradicts the Supreme Court’s five-to-three decision in 2016 striking down a similar Texas law in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and would seem to fly in the face of assurances made by Senator Susan Collins, who cast a crucial vote for his confirmation, that Kavanaugh would respect previous precedent and not seek to erode abortion rights.
“To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not merely a practice and tradition, but rooted in Article III of our Constitution itself. He believes that precedent ‘is not just a judicial policy … it is constitutionally dictated to pay attention and pay heed to rules of precedent.’
In other words, precedent isn’t a goal or an aspiration; it is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most extraordinary circumstances,” said Collins in a speech from the Senate floor.
At the time, legal and health care experts repeatedly warned Collins that these claims were legally meaningless and that Kavanaugh’s past actions showed he would likely vote to restrict reproductive rights.
— jenn (@jennlynnloving) February 8, 2019