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Noem slams US Supreme Court ruling on Louisiana abortion law

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Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM CDT
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics is “wrong for a number of reasons.”

Justices ruled Monday that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions 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 that the court struck down in 2016.

Noem cited Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion stating that the Constitution does not constrain states’ ability to regulate or prohibit abortion.

The governor says the fight to eliminate abortion is “unquestionably the right one.”

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The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

In two previous abortion cases, Roberts had favored restrictions.

The Louisiana law is virtually identical to one in Texas that the court struck down in 2016.

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