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Chief Justice John Roberts has an opportunity to wield new power on the Supreme Court as the'swing justice in the wake of Anthony Kennedy's retirement

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law; Roberts concurrence provides fifth vote

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of ME is under renewed political scrutiny Monday for supporting the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in the wake of the Court's divided decision that struck down a Louisiana law restricting abortion.

In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with host Brian Kilmeade, Severino said that Monday's 5-4 decision labeling the law - which mandates individuals who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in a hospital - as unconstitutional was especially "frustrating" because Roberts contradicted himself.

But critics said the controversial law would limit the number of providers in the state, violating a woman's right to an abortion.

Abortion foes have in their sights the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, in which the Supreme Court legalised a woman's right to an abortion.

Roberts dissented from the high court ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the 2016 ruling that overturned the Texas admitting-privileges law.

The state argued the requirement was necessary to protect the health and safety of women seeking abortions.

Missouri was the first state in the nation to require doctors providing abortion services to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

And though it wouldn't seem like Louisiana's law has much to do with ME, people online are reminding Sen.

In one of the four dissenting opinions on the case, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court has "neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana's duly enacted law unconstitutional". The Supreme Court in February on a five-four vote prevented the law from going into effect while litigation over its legality continued. He also said the court's previous abortion opinions on which the latest ruling was based "created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution's text".

Chief Justice John Roberts has an opportunity to wield new power on the Supreme Court, as the "swing" justice in the wake of Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

Nancy Northup, president of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, said they were relieved that the court blocked the Louisiana law. The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons.

Yet earlier this month the court expanded equal protection rights to gay and transgender people, and sustained protections for certain undocumented immigrants that President Trump had sought to end.

Missouri has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country. They say voters should hold Collins accountable this November for supporting Kavanaugh, who dissented from the majority in the case.

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