The decision was the latest blow to social conservatives who, as recently as a few weeks ago, believed that they had the votes to enact their policy preferences at the SCOTUS level-only to find that conservative legal theory is less politically reliable than they had hoped.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore described the ruling as "disappointing and wrong-headed".
Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said women who want abortions "have the same right to competent and quality care as patients involved in other surgical procedures". The hospital would have the right to admit or reject the privilege.
Abortion rights supporters welcomed the ruling. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a pro-choice Republican.
In a 5-4 ruling, the justices did the opposite.
Yet earlier this month the court expanded equal protection rights to gay and transgender people, and sustained protections for certain undocumented immigrants that Trump had sought to end. And he reminded the world that he dissented in the Texas case, believing it was "wrongly decided"-albeit on technical legal grounds".
Stare decisis instructs us to treat like cases alike. "The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons".
However, the 5th Circuit appeals court determined no clinics would "likely be forced to close" because of the law, and allowed it to stand.
Justice Stephen G. Beyer, who authored the opinion for the court's majority, disagreeing with Louisiana's lawyers, saying all but one of the state's abortion clinics could be shuttered.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed abortion-rights advocates a victory, striking down a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana that would have left the southern state with only one abortion clinic.
Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Breyer in the opinion.
Both of Trump's Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted to keep the Louisiana law. Each filed a dissenting opinion.
He also argued that overruling precedent should be considered when a case is an "outlier".
The ERLC, joined by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, contended in a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Louisiana law the "undue burden" test is the incorrect standard for laws that regulate abortion doctors.
The petitioners asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether that decision violated past precedents and should be struck down.
As the Supreme Court hands his administration successive defeats at the same time his political standing craters, President Donald Trump has begun to raise both publicly and privately the potential boon another nomination to the panel this year might provide.
As for the anticipated white knight for the anti-abortion minority, Justice Kavanaugh did deliver on a dissent.