The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced it will hear arguments on a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have admitting doctors privileges at a local hospital.
The Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law three years ago ruling it restricts a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. Since then, two new justices have been appointed who appear to be pro-life and could reverse the previous ruling.
In Louisiana the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law after a lower trial court ruled against it. The Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked the Appeals’ Court ruling from going effect– meaning abortionists can still perform abortions without having doctors privileges at a hospital.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry argues the state law is “constitutional and consistent with our overall regulatory scheme for surgical procedures.” He also says abortion providers shouldn’t be allowed to challenge it.
“The evidence of Louisiana abortion clinics’ poor safety records, inadequate credentialing practices, and questionable efforts to undermine health and safety regulations shows that the abortion clinics’ interests are directly adverse to the interests of Louisiana women,” Landry said. “Going forward, my office and I will be carefully reviewing the next steps in our defense of Louisiana’s admitting privileges law.”
Ellie Schilling, board president for Lift Louisiana, which supports aborticide, says the law is no different than the Texas law the Supreme Court struck down three years ago. This time the court should reach the same decision, he says.
“Louisiana is openly defying the [Supreme] Court’s 2016 ruling that states can’t use sham medical regulations to shut down clinics,” said Michelle Erenberg, executive director of Lift Louisiana. “We are hopeful that the Court will uphold the rule of law, protect our constitutional rights, and be independent of partisan politics. The people of Louisiana shouldn’t be denied their rights because of where they live.”
The Supreme Court has not yet set a date for a hearing but a final ruling would be announced next summer.
The Trump administration stripped aborticide clinics from receiving Title X funding and the state legislature passed a groundbreaking heartbeat bill this session, which both helped to close 11 more abortion clinics.
Louisiana is leading the way in limiting the murder of innocent children– and pro-life Democrats played a big part in reversing course.