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US top court strikes down Louisiana abortion law

US top court strikes down Louisiana abortion law

Jun 30, 2020

Washington DC (USA), June 30: The US Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law that places restrictions on abortion clinics, in the first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office.
The top court on Monday ruled against the 2014 law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have a formal affiliation called "admitting privileges" at a hospital near their clinic.
The court found the legislation unconstitutional, saying it puts an undue burden on women seeking abortions.
In a 5-4 ruling, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and four liberal justices voted against the Louisiana law.
Abortion has been a contentious issue in the United States even after the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that access to safe and legal abortions is a constitutional right.
Monday's ruling is expected to deal a major blow to Trump. The president is anti-abortion and has appointed conservative judges to the top court to appeal to his supporters.
Source: NHK World