PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican and right-to-life leaders are blasting Monday’s U-S Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law making it harder for abortion clinics to operate
Justices ruled 5-4 that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates abortion rights that were outlined in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The Louisiana law is similar to one in Texas struck down by the court in 2016.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the ruling is “wrong for a number of reasons,” citing the dissenting opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that the Constitution does not constrain states’ ability to regulate or prohibit abortion – adding that the fight to eliminate abortion is “unquestionably the right one.”
Nebraska Republican U-S Senator Ben Sasse attacks the ruling as politics – saying “If the Court cares about preserving its legitimacy as a non-political institution, then it shouldn’t make decisions based on how its judgements will be perceived politically.”
Sasse, running for reelection against a little-known Democrat, says ‘the problem with today’s decision is absolutely terrible jurisprudence. Simply, bad lawyering.”