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Abortion rights get court win

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In the time since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that sought to regulate abortion clinics out of business, it's become increasingly obvious that there was only one clear winner. That would be the legal concept of stare decisis or the rule of precedent.

Having decided just four years ago that a similar Texas law was unconstitutional, Chief Justice John Roberts could not bring himself to ignore the previous ruling even though he dissented with the conservative wing in that particular case. Many social conservatives were made upset by this.

They had long assumed that the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose post is now held by Brett Kavanaugh, would lead to a different outcome. And while Justice Kavanaugh, who two years ago pledged fealty to Roe v. Wade as "settled law" in his confirmation hearing, voted against abortion as his backers hoped, Roberts recognized that precedents still matter.

Yet despite all the fussing and fuming among Republicans who now see Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, as something of a turncoat given other recent decisions protecting rights of transgender........

© The Korea Times