Supreme Court Stikes Down Louisiana Law Regulating Abortion Clinics

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Roberts is deeply conservative and probably dislikes Roe and abortion rights. However, he is also very smart and shrewd as a political operator and cares strongly that the public holds the Supreme Court and the judiciary in high regard. The other thing he wants to do is prevent court packing at all costs. Hence this ruling where he states Women’s Health is wrong but he upholds it as stare decisis that most be followed by concurring in the liberals in judgement but not reasoning.

    But he also really dislikes bullshit arguments. I read his concurrences in these kind of cases as preventing the conservative movement from committing suicide through extremity.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq
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    I’m seconding my brother. Roberts and to a lesser extent Gorsuch want to prevent court packing at all costs. They know that siding with the conservatives on culture war issues like abortion or discrimination against LGBT people would give the Democratic Party a good reason to pack the Court. I think my brother is also rights in noting that Roberts does not like batty arguments. There were times when he clearly agreed with the conservative point of view personally but ruled otherwise because Republicans good not come up with a reasonable explanation for their actions. The census decision and the recent DACA decisions are good examples of this.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to LeeEsq
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      Agreed, and that bodes very well for what will happen when the ACA reaches the court again. If arguements like what Roberts has struck down here don’t fly he is going to look at the ACA briefs and ask if conservatives are otu of their minds. Heck, I bet it won’t even be a narrow ruling.

      Socialcons are pretty pissed. I wonder if this will serve to rile them up to vote or if it’ll discourage them from doing so considering that the swing votes on both these decisions were republican appointees?Report

      • Avatar Philip H in reply to North
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        Socialcons (what a name) will be lied to that he lower court judges Mitch has rammed through will be the ones who will really “solve’ Roe v. Wade when SOCTUS rules with precedent. That gets Republicans maybe two more election cycles before they crash as a party IF Trump looses, Three if he wins.Report

  3. Avatar Jesse
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    John Roberts is the smartest strategic conservative in national politics. As Saul & Lee said, he knows the LGBT, DACA, and abortion decisions would’ve lost the GOP the last of the moderate suburbanites they’re still holding on to, while on the other hand, the 5-4 decision next year that kills Chevron won’t really be covered at all.Report

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