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SCOTUS to hear abortion case


Another Pro-Life law challenged


Case similar to Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt



The U.S. Supreme Court will hear June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, a case where Louisiana Law, Act 620, which passed in June 2014, requires an abortion clinic to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the procedure in case of an emergency. June Medical Services v. Gee is similar to Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt which the high court heard in June of 2016.


The case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt revolved around a Texas law that stated in part that a clinic that provided abortions must also have hospital admitting privileges. The Supreme Court ruled that the law was out of bounds and struck it down. 


So how can a similar case go back to the same Supreme Court? One reason is the lower court decided the case was significantly different from Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt citing that the law in Texas was determined to possibly close abortion clinics, thus restricting women’s access to an abortion based on lack of facilities, and that the Louisiana law could only affect a limited number of clinics and as such did not place an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.   


The addition of two new justices in Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh is believed by pro-lifers to fall in their favor this time. Both men appear to be pro-life, both stated during hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee they would apply the Constitution as written. However, there is nothing in the Constitution that grants any rights for an abortion.


In the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, five justices ruled in the majority, a majority that is not there now with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Out of the nine Justices, four appear to maintain a pro-choice stance, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Not enough for the majority this time.

Pro-lifers have maintained a constant struggle with pro-choice groups. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life groups and individuals make a march on the Supreme Court in Washington DC every January. The 2019 march was addressed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. It is a debate that both sides are very committed to. This issue, in addition to reaching the highest court of the land several times, has also reached the national political campaigns. Millions of dollars are raised and spent by both sides on candidates that they feel will promote their cause. The 2020 presidential campaign will be a testing ground for both sides.


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Prayer is out of schools, the flag is disrespected, bibles and patriotism on school property are discouraged, and we wonder why the students are failing and why they are not prepared for the workforce or even society when they become adults.


I think we should build a foundation for children based on biblical core principles, at least common-sense principles. In the army, there is a chain of command and a manual. If you have any doubt look it up or ask the one that is next in the chain of command. Everyone is working toward the same goal. It’s a team effort. Then someday if you find yourself on a battlefield that teaching will help your unit fight as one not every man for himself, unlike many of today’s classrooms where chaos rules.


You have to have something to believe in. You have to have a goal to aim for. You have to have a foundation to build on.