Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Court Monday in a 5-4 decision that struck down a Louisiana abortion safety law.
In the majority opinion for June Medical Services v. Russo, Justice Stephen Breyer composed Louisiana’s law expecting abortionists to have conceding benefits at close by clinics to encourage progression of care in case of “crises”. He wrote “It has nothing to do with the State’s asserted interests in promoting women’s health and safety.”
Roberts wrote in his concurrence:
The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike. The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.
Planned Parenthood celebrated the victory.