The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals revised its abortion clinic licensing standards, and the new regulations could severely restrict access to legal abortion care throughout the state.
The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.
Advocates asked a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect next month.
The high court hasn’t yet ruled on buffer zones or Hobby Lobby, but it did say a legal challenge to an Ohio elections law can proceed.
Access to reproductive health-care services in Louisiana is limited. There are only five clinics that provide abortion care in the state—and that number is soon expected to fall to two once a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal goes into effect.
Modeled after a Texas law that was signed last summer, HB 388 requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they perform abortions, imposes a forced 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and reduces the number of abortions a doctor must perform in a given year to be considered an abortion provider.
There isn’t a looming reproductive health-care crisis in the South. It has already arrived.
Without any debate, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would impose regulations aimed at severely limiting access to abortion. It is expected to be signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Louisiana Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would impose regulations on abortion providers, severely limiting access to abortion services in the state by closing at least three of the state’s five abortion clinics.
Reproductive rights advocates at the committee hearing told RH Reality Check that once HB 388 opponents began to testify, most of the committee members left the room.