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Supreme Court Justices grant new cases for upcoming term

SCOTUS Blog – “The Supreme Court was already scheduled to take on a range of high-profile and potentially controversial issues in the next few months, including federal protection for LGBT employees, the Trump administration’s decision to end the program known as DACA, and gun rights….the Supreme Court’s new term, which starts [Monday October 7, 2019], became even more momentous, with the announcement that, for the first time since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court will tackle the hot-button issue of abortion. The justices agreed today to hear a challenge to a Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to have the right to admit patients at a nearby hospital. In a late-night order last February, Chief Justice John Roberts provided the fifth vote needed to block the state from enforcing the law until abortion providers could file a petition seeking review of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upholding the law…” [See the October 2019 Docket via SCOTUS]

Vox: It’s going to be a blockbuster term for the Court – “While the headlines are all about the battle between the House and the President, the biggest and longest lasting stories over the next few months could come from another branch of government. Massive cases involving abortion, LGBTQ rights, and immigration are all on the docket…”

Slate: This Supreme Court Term Will Launch a Conservative Revolution. “As Congress remains deadlocked and the White House melts down, SCOTUS has become the only fully functioning branch of the federal government. It has taken on the role of policymaker, obligated to resolve many of the battles that engulf the political branches.”

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