SCOTUS Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law In 5-4 Vote

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A divided Supreme Court late on Thursday blocked Louisiana from implementing abortion regulations that could limit the availability of the procedure in the state, in an interim action that could set the stage for the court to weigh in on abortion rights in the near future.

The court’s action, which split the justices 5 to 4, wasn’t a ruling on the merits of the case but a preliminary order that prevents Louisiana from enforcing the restrictions while abortion-rights advocates challenge a lower-court ruling that sided with the state.

The court’s four liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts joined to block the regulations for now. As is customary when the court issues such orders, the majority didn’t explain its reasoning.