Supreme Court Prevents Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law from Going Into Effect

By Miriam Zoila Pu00e9rez Mar 04, 2016

Good news for abortion access in Louisiana: the Supreme Court just announced that it will keep a law requiring all abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges from going into effect.

All but one clinic in the state would have been shuttered by the law. Those clinics can now remain open temporarily. The court did not specify the timeframe of the stay, but it will likely hold until a decision is reached on this case or Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which is challenging a similar Texas requirement. The Court held oral arguments in the Texas case on Wednesday (March 2).

Admitting privileges are extremely difficult for abortion providers to obtain, particularly in conservative states. Requiring them has become a popular anti-choice legislative tactic.