Washington: The White House on Monday expressed dismay over the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a Louisiana law that would have severely restricted abortion access, reports Yahoo news.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the four more liberal justices in a 5-4 decision overturning a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, saying the law is virtually identical to one in Texas that the court struck down in 2016, on the basis that it placed undue restrictions on access to abortions and conveyed no obvious benefit to public health. If the law had been implemented, all but one of the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana would have been forced to close.
President Trump’s two appointees to the Supreme Court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four in dissent.
The White House statement, , was pointed but relatively restrained, considering how important the issue is to Trump’s base. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: “States have legitimate interests in regulating any medical procedure — including abortions — to protect patient safety. Instead of valuing fundamental democratic principles, unelected Justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of State governments by imposing their own policy preference in favor of abortion to override legitimate abortion safety regulations.”
It was the third time in two weeks that the nation’s highest court delivered a blow to the administration’s policy initiatives. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected a bid to end DACA, the Obama-era immigration program that shields so-called Dreamers from deportation, and ruled that existing federal law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace.
“Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” Trump wondered in a tweet following the DACA ruling.
Abortion rights activists directed their scorn at Kavanaugh, who voted with the minority to uphold the Louisiana law. During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh told Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that he considered abortion rights to be settled law following the court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and would respect a “long-established precedent.”