Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions in 5-4 ruling

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Elena Kagan share a joke in this Reuters file photo

The Supreme Court today struck down Louisiana's restrictions on abortion, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals to form a 5-4 majority. Roberts wrote that the case is nearly identical to one decided recently that struck down Texas's restrictions. Though he dissented in that case, stare decisis.

The laws required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Today's ruling appears to firmly end its use as a device to restrict abortion rights.