Supreme Court temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion law

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion law
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The Supreme Court granted a request Friday from a Louisiana abortion clinic to temporarily block a state law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals while the case is challenged in court.

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The court gave little explanation for granting the request in the case, known as June Medical Services LLC v. Gee other than to say its decision is consistent with actions it took last summer to block a similar law in Texas.

Earlier this week, the justices appeared divided during oral arguments in that case over whether to strike down the Texas law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to be able to admit patients at a hospital within 30 miles and clinics to meet the same building standards as a surgical center.

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court’s decision without any explanation.