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    Roberts Joins Supreme Court Liberals on Abortion

    Writing that he must abide by a 2016 Supreme Court ruling he disagreed with, Chief Justice John Roberts stood with four liberal justices to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law Monday. That statute effectively left only one provider in the state, a New Orleans doctor who met its requirement of having admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where abortion procedures take place. Roberts' surprising turn is a stunning defeat for conservative evangelical Christians, who were counting on President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees to validate strict red-state abortion laws.

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