PODCAST (The Daily): Why Chief Justice Roberts Just Protected Abortion Rights
Note: Constitutional Accountability Center’s President Elizabeth Wydra is featured at the 9:07 mark.
From the moment he was confirmed, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has been a reliable conservative on the Supreme Court. So why did he just side with the court’s more liberal members to preserve abortion rights in Louisiana?
On today’s episode:
Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times.
The justices’ 5-to-4 decision to block a Louisiana law that could have severely restricted abortion in the state did not end the case, which could return to the court next term.
Chief Justice Roberts’s choice to join the court’s four-member liberal wing may signal an effort to guard the court’s legitimacy by making modest and deliberate moves.
Anti-abortion activists nationwide are pursuing their best chance in years to curb abortion access with a bench they see as being in their favor.