A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Louisiana’s abortion clinic restrictions, which threatened to leave only one abortion clinic operating in the state, unconstitutionally burden a woman’s right to an abortion.
Justice Stephen Breyer led the 5-4 majority, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was the key vote; he concurred in the outcome, writing that the facts in the Louisiana case mirrored the facts in a Texas case that the justices found in 2016 also burdened a woman’s right to abortion.
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