U.S. Supreme Court rules Kentucky AG can defend restrictive abortion law
The high court ruled 8-to-1 in favor of Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Justices say the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should have used its discretion to allow Cameron to pursue a rehearing or an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Kentucky’s abortion law placed strict limits on the use of the most common form of the procedure after a woman has been pregnant 15 weeks. Abortion rights advocates say the law effectively bans the procedure.
Justice Samuel Alito authored the court’s ruling. The lone dissent came from Justice Sonia Sotomayor who said the court’s decision could “open the floodgates for government officials to evade the consequences of litigation decisions made by their predecessors of different political parties.”