Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana lawregulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights overfierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first bigabortion case of the Trump era.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues inruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admittingprivileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court firstannounced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

In two previous abortion cases, Roberts had favored restrictions. The Louisiana law is virtually identical to one in Texas that the court struckdown in 2016.

``The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years agoinvalidating a nearly identical Texas law,'' Roberts wrote, although he did notjoin the opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer for the other liberals.

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, ``Today a majority of the Courtperpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectlylegitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.''

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