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February 11, 2019

Supreme Court puts Louisiana admitting privileges law on hold

On a 5-4 vote Court grants procedural stay

Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Would Have Allowed the Law to Go Into Effect


Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe),
Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), 
who authored the admitting privileges law.

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court granted a Shreveport, Louisiana abortion facility’s emergency stay request, further delaying Louisiana’s attempt to enforce Act 620. The 2014 law requires abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Thursday’s order from the high court means the law will be stayed pending full briefing on the question of whether the Supreme Court should grant certiorari for a full review of the case.

Attorneys for the Shreveport abortion facility asked the Supreme Court to issue the emergency stay in January, just days before the law was set to take effect. The stay comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the law last fall, then refused the abortion industry’s attempt to have the full court rehear the case. The abortion attorneys have indicated their intention to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking the Supreme Court’s full review of the law.

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