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a divided US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana abortion law a day before it was supposed to go into effect however that action is only temporary the Republican backed law passed in twenty fourteen but it's been tied up in litigation since then and has never been enforced it requires the doctors who perform abortions to have what's called admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the clinic this means they're a member of the hospital staff with the right to admit their own patients in case of complications without this they're not allowed to perform abortions however according to abortion rights groups this requirement would force the shut down of two of Louisiana's three abortion clinics Thursday's ruling is the first major test for the Supreme Court on abortion since justice Anthony Kennedy retired last year the four liberal justices were joined by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts voting five to four Roberts vote suggests he's taken Kennedy spot is the key vote on the issue of abortion on the dissenting side conservative Brett Kavanaugh the just disappointed by Donald Trump to take Kennedy's place Cavanaugh said it wasn't clear whether abortion doctors would be unable to get admitting privileges the Supreme Court blocked a similar Texas abortion law in twenty sixteen saying it created an undue burden on women's constitutional right to an abortion and even though the High Court has moved to pause the Louisiana abortion law abortion rights supporters fear that if it decides to take up the case the new conservative majority could move to chip away at abortion rights guaranteed by the nineteen seventy three roe V. Wade ruling or overturn it all together