January 1, 2020

National Right to Life Committee Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Louisiana Requirement that Abortionists Maintain Hospital Admitting Privileges

The National Right to Life Committee and Louisiana Right to Life filed documents in the Supreme Court urging justices to uphold a Louisiana "Act 620" which requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges.

The law was passed in response to health and safety violations in Louisiana abortion clinics which negatively impacted the safety of patients. Act 620 extended the requirements currently enforced against doctors who provide outpatient surgery at surgical centers to abortion doctors. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals already ruled that the law is constitutional, saying that the worst it could do is cause a one hour delay for abortion procedures at a Louisiana clinic.

The NRLC hopes that the Supreme Court will sustain that this delay is not an "undue burden" on women's access to abortion and prevent courts from assuming the role of a medical board on this issue.

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