Roberts Disappoints Conservatives Yet Again With Abortion Decision


Washington, D.C. -- The following is a statement of Committee for Justice president Curt Levey on Chief Justice John Roberts' record in the wake of today's Supreme Court decision striking down a Louisiana abortion law:

From a conservative perspective, Chief Justice John Roberts is now zero for four on the major culture war issues decided by the Supreme Court this term—abortion, gun rights, LGBT rights and DACA—after voting today to strike down Louisiana's abortion law in June Medical Services.

As he is wont to do—for example, in the DACA and NY gun cases this term, the census case last term, and his 2012 ObamaCare decision—Roberts took an ostensibly narrow approach today that allows him to play moderate, minimalist, and protector of the Court while actually giving progressives the result they want. In his concurrence today, Roberts pleaded that "I don't want to do this but I have to" (not a quote) with a convenient reliance on stare decisis (precedent).

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