A controversial abortion law in Louisiana was blocked by the Supreme Court from going into effect by a vote of 5-4 Thursday (February 7th).

According to CNN, Chief Justice John Roberts has sided with the high court's four liberals in putting a hold on the law until there's a full review.

The justices could make their decision in the spring if they would add their case to their calendar for the new term that will begin in October.  Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the court last fall, wrote a dissenting opinion to the ruling.

The law requires abortion providers in Louisiana to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and the providers say that neither one or two of the state's three abortion clinics would have to close under it.

This Louisiana law is similar to the one from Texas that was struck down by the Supreme Court three years ago.


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