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On Friday afternoon, the Court announced that it will review a challenge to two provisions of a Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and requires abortion clinics to have facilities equal to an ambulatory surgical center.  Molly Runkle rounded up coverage of the order for this blog; additional coverage comes from NPR’s Nina Totenberg and from Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, who reports that the announcement “raises questions about the legal fate of similar laws in more than a dozen other states.” (Reuters also has a related graphic on statistics and state laws.) Commentary comes from Michael Bobelian of Forbes, whoe suggests that the “Court’s five conservatives could still institute major changes to the state of the law by applying the standards first issued in Casey in a way that’s more favorable to legislative restrictions of abortion rights.” 

As Lyle Denniston reported for this blog on Friday, the Obama administration plans to ask the Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s ruling blocking the implementation of its immigration policy.   The ImmigrationProf Blog is hosting an online symposium on the Fifth Circuit’s ruling in the case, with posts from Letitia Saucedo, Steve Legomsky, Shoba Wadhia, and Peter Margulies.  More commentary comes from Marty Lederman, who at Balkinization suggests that, “perhaps ironically, the one thing that presumably won’t be at issue in the Supreme Court case is the authority of Secretary Johnson to grant the DAPA aliens temporary (revocable) relief from removal (i.e., deportation), because the courts below appear to have agreed with the Secretary that he has a broad, unreviewable authority to make or defer such removal decisions.”


  • At Bloomberg BNA (video; subscription required), Kimberly Robinson discusses labor and employment cases at the Court with Kevin McGowan.
  • At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost discusses the C-SPAN series on landmark Supreme Court cases, observing that “the series underscores the court’s complex relationship with public opinion and the political branches of government.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 16, 2015, 6:57 AM),