More good news comes today from Louisiana; on Sunday, a federal judge temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.
The law would likely have closed all five women’s health clinics in the state.
The measure was signed into law by Governor Bobby “Let’s stop being the party of stupid, guys” Jindal in June, and was due to take effect today, on September 1. However, the judge’s ruling changed that; it also means that, for the time being, doctor can continue to perform legal abortions while seeking to obtain admitting privileges. There will be a hearing at a later date for the judge to make a more permanent decision regarding the law.
The federal judge who wrote the decision, Judge John deGravelles, wrote that the plaintiffs in the case would be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing to obtain their privileges.
The ruling was applauded by those who support the women’s rights. President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, said that he ruling “ensures Louisiana women are safe” from the “underhanded law.” Louisiana is among 11 states that have passed similar laws, which courts recently found unconstitutional in Alabama and Mississippi. Another judge blocked key parts of the Texas law that would’ve shut down clinics in the Lone Star State.
The laws impose a number of unnecessary requirements on doctor, according to many pro-choice advocates, the American College of Obstetricians, and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.
There’s only one doctor in Louisiana who performs abortions that has hospital admitting privileges, and if all the other doctors are forced to stop performing, that doctor, fearing for his safety, would stop as well.