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State of the Union comments on abortion reveal the relentless hypocrisy of anti-abortion messaging

By Danielle Campoamor

Late Thursday night, the Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law originally passed in 2014 that advocates warned would’ve made abortion almost impossible in the state. In a 5-4 decision — with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh dissenting — the Supreme Court issued a stay on a regulation that would’ve required doctors who perform abortions in the state to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In 2016, the Supreme Court found this requirement unconstitutional in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, setting a precedent that many of the conservative judges seem to not respect. While the stay is only temporary, and the court will likely examine the case in earnest late next year, today the state’s remaining clinics will remain open. The people of Louisiana have weathered yet another attack on reproductive rights. But more are coming.

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