Supreme Court to hear arguments on Louisiana abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a Louisiana abortion law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting rights at a hospital near the clinic where the procedure is performed.  One constitutional law expert finds that very interesting.

Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the Louisiana law is very similar to one the court struck down from Texas in 2016.  He notes that the fact that the high court is hearing this case could be very telling.

"It could portend a change in, if not a reversal of Roe-versus-Wade, it certainly gives this conservative majority an opportunity to significantly limit it,"  he explained.

Ciolino says laws from several states banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected could come into play as well.

"It depends on how broadly the U.S. Supreme Court wants to address the issue."

The Supreme Court was very different when it last heard an abortion case back in 2016.  

Though two conservative justices have joined the court, whether they'll overturn Roe-versus-Wade remains to be seen.  But eyes will definately be focused on Justice Brent Kavanaugh  

"Justice Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings that he does have respect for well entrenched precedent and the court's certainly not going to overturn it lightly," Ciolino says.  "No one knows, except the members of the Supreme Court, how far anyone's willing to go with that existing precedent." 

This winter the Justices will hear arguments to a law similar to the one overturned in 2016.  They're expected to render a decision by June, 2020.