On Monday John Roberts invalidated a Louisiana regulation on doctors who perform abortions. Over the last two weeks, Chief Justice Roberts has striked rulings on immigration, LGBTQ rights and now abortion.
Roberts’ career traces back to the Reagan administration in the 1980s and has since held conservative social values and instincts.
On Monday, the White House quickly entered the fray, declaring that “unelected Justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of State governments by imposing their own policy preference in favor of abortion to override legitimate abortion safety regulations.”
Roberts urged that the Louisiana law, requiring physicians who perform abortions to have “admitting privileges” at a hospital. A similar law was invalidated in a case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016.
“I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided,” he wrote Monday. “The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”