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Abortion: US Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana’s restrictive law

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 30 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2636
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Widespread efforts by Republican leaning US states to limit abortion by requiring providers to meet unusually onerous standards seemed to run out of road this week, as the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.1

The ruling followed the court’s own precedent in striking down an almost identical Texas law in 2016. But abortion opponents had hoped for a different result, based on the court’s recent ideological shift to the right. President Trump has appointed two of its judges, creating what is widely seen as a …

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