With 635 days before the 2020 presidential election, abortion is emerging as a potentially huge factor in next year’s contest.
Late Thursday, in what was a significant test of the Supreme Court’s newly strengthened conservative majority, the justices ruled 5 to 4 to temporarily block a Louisiana abortion law from taking effect on Friday.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices to prevent a law that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for the safety of women having abortions.
The ruling comes after Democrats in New York shocked millions of Americans by passing a law that makes abortion legal, even up to the point of birth.
The state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) hailed it as the most aggressive women’s rights achievement in the nation.
“This administration defies American evolution,” Cuomo claimed during a press conference shortly after signing the bill into law. “We are supposed to be moving forward, we are supposed to be advancing, we are supposed to live and learn, we are supposed to be growing.”
The New Mexico House just passed a bill that would make abortion legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy if Roe v Wade is overturned. If the New Mexico Senate passes it, the Democratic governor says she’ll sign it.
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