Abortion

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

Supporters of legal access to abortion, as well as anti-abortion activists, rally outside the Supreme Court.
Supporters of legal access to abortion, as well as anti-abortion activists, rally outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana abortion law from going into effect Friday, a measure providers say would have drastically reduced the number of doctors authorized to perform the procedure.

Why it matters: This case presented a swift test to the Supreme Court’s newly strengthened conservative majority, as anti-abortion forces hope it will overturn long-standing precedents on cases concerning abortion rights. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the more liberal justices in granting the stay, with the court voting 5-4.

Trump's anti-abortion push

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In the weeks and months ahead, President Trump plans to amp up the anti-abortion rhetoric he used in his State of the Union address.

Driving the news: Trump is seizing on conservative outrage over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s abortion comments, and the passage of a New York law that codifies Roe v. Wade. In Tuesday's speech, Trump promoted a congressional ban on late-term abortions by graphically describing how lawmakers in New York "would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth."

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