Supremes Issue Temporary Block: Louisiana Law — A Harbinger?

MRK-Louisiana-Kennedy-2016I won’t get too far out in front of this, but I too do read some tea leaves, here. The Gray Lady seems to be doing so, as well.

More specifically, my bet — and that of many other court watchers — would be that Justice Kennedy’s views will lead him to join a 5-3 majority opinion in striking the Texas law argued this past week. We shall see — but here is the bit:

. . . .The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with only one abortion clinic. The court gave no reasons, though it did say that its order was “consistent with” one last June that blocked part of a Texas abortion law.

The move came two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Texas case, and abortion rights groups said they hoped that the development Friday was a sign that they had secured five votes to strike down the Texas law. . . .

The Louisiana law, enacted in 2014, requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. A trial judge blocked the law, saying that such doctors were often unable to obtain admitting privileges for reasons unrelated to their competence and that the law created an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.

On Feb. 22, the federal appeals court in New Orleans stayed that ruling, allowing the law to go into effect. . . .

And tonight, the Supremes stopped the Louisiana law from going into effect, at least temporarily, until the case is heard there. All of this is sort of like scaling a mountain you’ve climbed before, very near-by the unconquered peak you are interested in seeing the apex of, and then shining a powerful beacon, onto the unconquered mountain’s peak, from the one you’ve just scaled, once more. We shall see. G’night, one and all. . . smile. . .

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