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America May Be Nearing the End of the Roe Era

June Medical Services v. Russo presents the Supreme Court with the power to green-light extremely restrictive abortion laws.
Source: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

This story was updated on February 13, 2020 at 10:06am.

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear a high-stakes abortion case, June Medical Services v. Russo. I would summarize the question presented as Now that Justice Kennedy is gone at last, do his old precedents still apply?

presents the identical issue as a 2016 case, . In the Court struck down a Texas statute that—supposedly in the name of health—would have closed half of the clinics in Texas that offer abortion services. The Fifth Circuit, dominated by conservative judges, had held that states that say abortion-related laws provide health benefits need not show that they actually do provide them. Thus, the law’s requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could go into effect, even though this was basically irrelevant to patient

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