Pro-life concerns mount over high court’s ruling in Lousiana case

WASHINGTON — Pro-life Americans are wondering where the U.S. Supreme Court stands on abortion regulations after an order issued Feb. 7 blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law to require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.  

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had upheld the 2014 law, which is intended to protect the health and lives of women who suffer complications from abortion, but seven justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, favored blocking its enforcement.

Some legal experts postulate that the high court’s stay means a compelling possibility exists that a majority will ultimately decide a lower-court decision was in error. 

The action follows the court’s refusal to review lower court opinions rejecting decisions by Kansas and Louisiana to remove Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. 

Both actions left pro-life advocates questioning the court’s will to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion after two justices named by President Trump have been added in the last two years. (BP)