Roe’s Supreme Court retreat from Wade could start this week with abortion case in Louisiana
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The Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case on Wednesday since President Trump’s two appointees took their seats, a dispute that could mark the first step in Roe’s phasing out against Wade.
Judges will assess Louisiana’s claim – backed by the Trump administration – that doctors and clinics lack the legal capacity to challenge state regulations. Abortion law experts say a High Court ruling denying doctors legal status could have a dramatic impact and make it much more difficult to challenge anti-abortion measures in federal court.
Supporters on both sides of the abortion debate predict a Conservative majority giving states more freedom to restrict abortion without going so far as to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling. Experts say Chief Justice John G. wave of new state laws that would ban some or almost all abortions.
The Louisiana case began in 2014 when lawmakers approved a measure, modeled on a Texas law, requiring all doctors who perform abortions to have “active admitting privileges” at a nearby hospital. State officials defended this as a health and safety measure. They said it would help ensure that only knowledgeable and trusted doctors performed abortions and that their patients could be quickly transferred to a hospital in an emergency.
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