Pro-life activists are vowing to keep fighting for the unborn after their movement was hit with a surprise ruling by the nation’s highest court.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics in the state. The law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a requirement the court said violates abortion rights.
Pro-life activists were surprised to witness Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush nominee, side with the court’s liberal justices. He ruled in favor of a similar Texas law in 2016 so was expected to rule similarly.
“We are going to keep fighting,” Carol Tobias, speaking for National Right to Life, tells OneNewsNow. “We will find ways to get around this law or to advance other laws that are going to offer protections for those involved in an abortion."
Reacting to the ruling, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La) pointed out that Roberts "flip-flopped" from the Texas ruling that the senator described as the "same statute, same issue" as his own state.
"[Roberts] changed his vote," Kennedy complained. "He flip-flopped. He flip-flopped like a banked catfish. And that’s why I say the process worries me as much as the result."
One reason Tobias supports the Louisiana law, she says, is because it sought to protect women.
"The Louisiana law said that abortionists had to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility,” Tobias explains. “So that if something goes wrong, they can get their patient admitted to a hospital for emergency medical care.”
Regarding Chief Justice Roberts, Tobias says flatly she doesn’t know what he was thinking.
"I would hope and pray that in future cases he is going to be more concerned about women and babies that are being harmed or killed in this abortion procedure,” she says.
Elsewhere on the court, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, Trump nominees, joined Justice Alito and Justice Thomas in a dissent. Tobias says their strong opinions give her hope if and when another abortion case winds up at the Supreme Court.
"We can never determine in advance of how any justice is going to vote on a case, but so far, Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have been very, very good on laws that are addressing the killing of unborn children, addressing the needs of vulnerable women undergoing abortions," says Tobias. "I'm very encouraged for the future by what we can see from the past."