U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 Decision Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

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In a country where abortion rights is still a controversial and divisive issue recently, the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down a restrictive abortion law that would have left Louisiana with only one abortion provider.

In this decision the Supreme Court reaffirmed abortion protections striking down a Louisiana abortion restriction that, if allowed to be implemented, could strengthen a national anti-abortion movement.

The United States Supreme Court decision regarding the Louisiana law is far from the final battle by abortion opponents in their fight to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the law firm that challenged the law, praised the court’s decision, but added that abortion rights remain uncertain.

“We’re relieved that the Louisiana law has been blocked today but we’re concerned about tomorrow,” said Nancy Northup, the center’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement emailed to CBS News. “[T]he Court’s decision could embolden states to pass even more restrictive laws when clarity is needed if abortion rights are to be protected.”

Abortion advocates state that the anti-abortion activists arguments to restrict access relies on faulty logic and does not do anything to protect the lives of women or their unborn child.

“Louisiana says that many of its restrictions on abortion are about protecting women and children, but we know that’s not true because Louisiana has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country,” said Julie Rikelman, lead attorney from Center for Reproductive Rights. “It has one of the worst indicators for child health in the country. And so instead of actually enacting laws and putting into place policies that would protect women and children, they are just trying to take people’s decisions away.”

Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s President, sounded a similar warning, saying “the fight is far from over.”

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