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Noah Feldman

Kavanaugh Proves Just How Conservative He Is About Abortion

A Louisiana law restricting access is put on hold, but its future is far from certain.

Here’s the next case to watch.

Here’s the next case to watch.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

By a 5-4 vote Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law that would have made abortion all but impossible in the state — at least until the court can hear the merits of the case.

The most important fact about this result is that Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote to stop the law from taking effect. That doesn’t tell you how he’ll ultimately vote on whether the law is constitutional. But it does tell you that Roberts cares about a fair process.