NOTE: On Monday the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a 2014 Louisiana law requiring any doctor offering abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. In a 5-4 decision Chief Justice John Roberts sided with four liberal justices, relying on the legal doctrine stare decisis (adherence to established precedent when the case at bar presents the same issues as one previously decided). Roberts was in the dissent in 2016 when an identical Texas law was ruled unconstitutional.
Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Louisiana’s abortion law, Act 620:
“Throughout my career and life as a pro-life Catholic, I have advocated for the protection, dignity and sanctity of life and will continue to do so,” said Gov. Edwards. “While I voted for the law in question and am disappointed, I respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision and trust that Louisiana and our nation will continue to move forward.”