Congressional members and congressional hopefuls in northern New England are responding to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics.

New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster said Monday’s ruling “is an important victory for women and their doctors.” Maine independent Sen. Angus King also called it “a victory for women across the nation, and a blow to anyone who would attempt to use backdoor legislation in order to take away a women’s right to choose.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues formed a majority that concluded the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violated the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling assuring women's rights to abortions.

Trump’s two high-court picks, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were in dissent, along with Samuel Alito.

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who's running for the U.S. Senate, said Republican Sen. Susan Collins has enabled attacks on reproductive rights by the Trump administration and Republicans "by voting to confirm anti-choice nominees like Justice Brett Kavanaugh."

Collins voted for Kavanaugh after he assured her he would respect precedent in Roe v Wade. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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