The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday that it would take up its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh was added to the bench.
According to a court order, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of June Medical Services v. Gee, which comes out of Louisiana and deals with a state requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles.
Proponents of the admitting privileges requirement say that the measure is a safety precaution for women undergoing the procedures.
“Abortion activists are more than willing to lower the bar on women’s health in order to expand abortion, but stricter clinic regulations are in the best interest of women,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement. “Just recently we were reminded of the need for more oversight when it comes to abortion, not less, with the appalling case of the abortionist Ulrich Klopfer collected thousands of aborted babies’ bodies in his home.”
The pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the case with the Supreme Court in April, says the law was “designed to close abortion clinics throughout Louisiana,” which currently has only three clinics. The group said, if the law were to take effect, it would cut the number of clinics in the state down to one.
“There is no evidence that any of the clinics will close as a result of the Act,” the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled as it upheld the Louisiana statute in September 2018. The court also found that the law is different from a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016 because it did not place an “undue burden” on abortion-seeking women.
The case will be the court’s first regarding abortion law with Justice Kavanaugh sitting on the highest bench in the land. Kavanaugh’s potential jurisprudence on the matter of abortion was a major point of debate during his contentious confirmation process year, during which he also faced down unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct while in high school and college.
In fact, one of his accusers was at least partially motivated to come forward against him because of her concerns over the future of the Roe v. Wade decision, her attorney said just last month.
Soon, after the court begins its new session this month, those on both sides of last year’s Kavanaugh abortion fight will get their first major insight into how he’ll actually rule.