JUSTICES BLOCK LOUISIANA ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law Friday that would have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state from four to one, a potential sign that a majority of justices may vote to strike down an even tougher Texas law pending before them.
The ruling temporarily stops Louisiana from imposing one of two restrictions being challenged in the Texas case — a requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Two clinics already had closed following a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law, and a third closing was anticipated.
The justices had done the same thing in Texas, where restrictions the state Legislature passed already have played a role in forcing the closure of half of the state’s clinics.