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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

Supreme Court Rules on Louisiana Abortion Regulations : June 29, 2020
Supreme Court Rules on Louisiana Abortion Regulations
Melissa Feinberg

On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court, in June Medical v. Russo, struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law that was nearly identical to a restriction from Texas that the Court had ruled as unconstitutional just four years earlier. Both the Texas and Louisiana laws required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, something that the Court concluded was virtually impossible for abortion providers to do and that does nothing to improve health outcomes for patients. In the Louisiana case, as it did with Texas, the Court ruled that the law imposes an undue burden on women seeking ...

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