By Emily Drooby
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will now consider a Louisiana law that requires any doctor performing an abortion to also have admitting rights at a nearby hospital, which the state says is needed to provide a higher-level doctor if necessary.
Critics of the law say it would restrict access to abortion, and the plantiff claims it would shut down two of the state’s three abortion clinics.
In 2016 a nearly identical case in Texas was struck down when Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the liberal justices.
The high court has changed since that decision was made, making this abortion case the first to be argued since Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joined the bench, solidifying a conservative majority on the court.
While the Louisiana case doesn’t directly challenge Roe v. Wade, it is an inspiring hope among pro-life advocates.
Christian Rada, the Director of Respect Life Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn, called it a small step to one day overturning the decision adding how those who fight for the voiceless that are making a change.
“Ba way for pro-lifers to see what they’re doing out on the streets, in the grassroots is actually affecting public policy and judicial rulings,” she explained. “So we are actually looking forward to hearing what sort of rulings to the judges have, and also praying that God will enlighten them to see that these laws need to be in place in order to protect the most vulnerable, those who need a voice.”
The ruling could also play a big role in the upcoming presidential race by helping to rally those who want to see pro-life issues continue to make it to the Supreme Court.