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Rogers calls on Supreme Court to uphold Louisiana Pro-Life law

Alabama Republican Congressman Mike Rogers

Wednesday, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) asked that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the State of Louisiana’s Pro-Life law.

Rogers announced his support for the Louisiana law in an email to constituents.

“Pro-abortion groups have made it their mission to attack and challenge states’ legally-passed pro-life laws,” Congressman Rogers said. “As a proud father of three and a Christian, I am steadfast and unwavering in my belief that lives of unborn children must be protected. I am proud to have joined 207 of my colleagues from the House and Senate in requesting the Supreme Court to uphold Louisiana’s pro-life law from an abortion group’s legal challenge.”

“Since 1973, the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision has cast a dark pall on our nation’s soul,” Rogers continued. “The Louisiana law that is now before the Supreme Court is one of many efforts of state legislatures across our nation to protect mothers and unborn children from the awful horrors of abortion clinics. Though the Louisiana law is specific and narrow in nature, it is a vital part of our effort to protect life.”

“I hope the Supreme Court sees the clarity and importance of it,” Rogers concluded. “I am and will continue to be a staunch defender of the rights of the unborn.”

The Supreme Court has set a date, March 4, to hear oral arguments in a case over a Louisiana abortion law.

The Louisiana law that would require that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Abortion supporters claim that this is aimed at forcing abortion clinics to close.

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The court blocked the state from enforcing the law in February, while it faces a legal challenge.

A similar law in Texas was struck down 5-3 in 2016, but Trump nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have joined the court since then. Anthony Kennedy voted with the liberal majority in that case and he has since retired.

A similar Alabama law has already been passed by the state legislature; but was blocked in federal court citing the Texas law precedent.

The people of Alabama voted for a constitutional amendment to ban abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

If the Louisiana law is upheld by the court, then presumably the Alabama law would also be in effect. It would not close abortion clinics; but instead would be one more hoop for doctors who make their living by performing abortions to have to go through.

Congressman Mike Rogers represents Alabama’s Third Congressional District.

(Original reporting by NPR and the Hill contributed to this report.)

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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