the abortion opinion was released today and fits into the opinions of the last two weeks. A plurality strikes down the Louisiana law and the Chief Justice supplies the fifth vote by punting/concurring that the Louisiana law is identical to the Texas one they upheld and so stare decisis dictates that they ok this one. The dissents are from Alito, Thomas, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. Thomas says the right to an abortion does not exist in the constitution and the others sort of follow in his wake. Of interest is the argument about standing-----abortion providers brought the law suit, not people who have a right to abortions. The plurality says Louisiana waived any complaint it might have and Thomas takes that apart with a nice historical argument The opinions of the last two weeks were likewise all over the place with nice examples of balancing by looking the other direction What is clear to me is that the November election is one in which a big issue should be who gets to appoint the next Justice, because that person will either be the needed fifth conservative vote if Trump wins or the continuation of the current 4-1-4 type split that is producing so much confused law.