Comparison Case: June Medical Services

A recent abortion case at the High Court.

Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio reported on this recent Supreme Court ruling. The Louisiana statute at issue requires any abortion doctors to carry ‘admitting privileges,’ the ability to perform the abortions at a local hospital, before doing so.  The doctors have challenged the law in the case of June Medical Services v. Stephen Russo, Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals

Listen to the story, consider the issues, and then answer the questions below.

 

Questions for completion

1. How is this case similar and different from the Roe v. Wade case?

2. Can the Court accept this case and decide differently than it did in the Roe case?  Why or why not?

3. To what extent do you see the principle of stare decisis in this case?

4. Given what the Court has ruled, how might conservatives and pro-life activists seek to undermine this decision in the future?

 

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