Monday, February 29, 2016

Advocates Appeal to Supreme Court to Stay Louisiana Abortion Law

SCOTUS Blog (Feb. 26, 2016): New Plea to Protect Louisiana Abortion Clinics by Lyle Denniston: 

Attorneys for Louisiana abortion providers filed an application (June Medical Services v. Gee) to the Supreme Court on Friday to block a Louisiana anti-abortion law from coming into effect. The 2014 law requires patient-admitting privileges from a hospital located within 30 miles of the abortion provider. This mirrors the Texas law which is to be reviewed in oral argument by the Court next Wednesday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

The Louisiana law took effect for the first time on Thursday, after the 5th Circuit granted and emergency stay of a district court decision, thus halting abortion services in three of Louisiana's four remaining providers. 


The application urged the Court to put back into effect a federal trial judge’s order barring enforcement of the requirement.  In addition, the Court was asked to temporarily restore that order while the Justices take the time needed to review more fully the application.

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