On June 29, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that could have closed abortion clinics in the state. The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, was about whether abortion providers in the state needed admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The Court ruled that such restrictions are not medically necessary and would put abortion access out of reach for many in the state.
Right-wing media responded with attacks on the Justices, particular Chief Justice John Roberts who concurred in the opinion, and by further promoting right-wing misinformation about the law in question.
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Right-wing figures on social media
John Roberts, a Bush appointee, is a disgrace. He sides with leftist socialists who hate America over the unborn. People like John Roberts are why we are losing our country.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 29, 2020
The Louisiana abortion case continues to support my working theory -- Roberts is pausing conservative gains so long as Trump is in the White House. He won't side with the left in their theories, but will in their judgments. He's over Trump and is trying to spare damage to SCOTUS.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 29, 2020
Both of Trump’s SCOTUS nominees voted the right way. John Roberts, who was installed as Chief Justice by Bush, voted for abortionists. The government can ban you from going to church, but it can’t require abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges. https://t.co/DDRO8XTUV9
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 29, 2020
Republicans have nominated a sizable majority of #SCOTUS justices, yet one after another—from Souter to Kennedy to Roberts—they have proven to be unreliable turncoats. The conservative strategy of naming judges supposedly faithful to “original intent” is now a confirmed failure
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 29, 2020
Justice Roberts really working hard to take the title of “worst Bush administration legacy” away from our 20 year war in Afghanistan https://t.co/DW02d7Mcoj
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) June 29, 2020
BREAKING: Supreme Court narrowly strikes down Louisiana's abortion admitting privileges law, which would require abortion facilities to follow same standards as any other surgical facility.
Truly awful. In a 5-4 decision, Justice Roberts sides with the pro-abortion judges.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 29, 2020
Any liberal celebrating SCOTUS striking down the Louisiana abortion clinic law can stop pretending to champion women. Because more women will be hurt now.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 29, 2020
The Supreme Court just ruled in June Medical that a state cannot even require an abortion clinic to follow the same regulations as every other surgical center in the state. That’s where our abortion jurisprudence is right now.
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) June 29, 2020
Justice Roberts on the Supreme Court is one abortion case away from destroying the Federalist Society & the conservative legal movement.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) June 29, 2020
NeverTrumpism continues its self-abasement. A reminder that their “principled conservatism” means joining the left in attacks on a justice for proper decisions, attempts to destroy a GOP senator for her principled defense of due process, and generally supporting killing babies. https://t.co/0Zw2gogOGA
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 29, 2020
Today’s unjust ruling is a reminder that the lives of an entire people group have been wrongly placed in the hands of nine lawyers, several of whom abuse their power to violate the human right to life.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 29, 2020
Joke heard at the office: “At this point, the Fox reporter John Roberts might be better than Justice John Roberts.”
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) June 29, 2020
The SCOTUS abortion decision is worse than you think. It's not truly 5-4. On the core of the abortion right, it's more like 8-1. Only Thomas clearly attacks Roe/Casey. The other dissenters say this, essentially “apply Casey.” /1: pic.twitter.com/ZENwzH6tt3
— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 29, 2020
And the chief justice, who dissented in the last case on this subject, concurred, apparently because he figures stare decisis means he has to vote against what he thinks the law requires. Sure ...
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) June 29, 2020
John Roberts Twists Himself Into a Knot to Strike Down Abortion Law Because of Course He Did https://t.co/lG7Xdywy7Z
— RedState (@RedState) June 29, 2020