John Roberts Hands a Victory to the Likes of Kermit Gosnell

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife Jane depart following the State of the Union address, February 5, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Four years after voting to uphold a modest state law regulating abortion clinics, John Roberts votes to strike down a nearly identical law.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F our years ago, the Supreme Court held in a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that a 2013 Texas law treating abortion clinics like other outpatient surgical centers was unconstitutional.

In his Hellerstedt dissent, Justice Samuel Alito took care to explain why Texas had enacted the law in the first place: to protect women from the likes of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

In 2013, Gosnell was convicted for the murders of three infants born alive as well as the manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, a woman seeking an abortion. “Gosnell had not been actively supervised by state or local authorities or

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