The announcement came the night before a scheduled hearing on the new rules, which, in part, would have mandated extensive physical refurbishments for outpatient abortion facilities with which no existing abortion provider would have been able to immediately comply.
There’s a growing conflict between states that recognize a fundamental right to make end-of-life decisions and those that override those wishes only when a person is pregnant.
Republican state lawmakers have introduced bills that would require admitting privileges at local hospitals for doctors who perform abortions, that would add further requirements to the state’s informed consent law, and that would modify the medication abortion law that was ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court.
A state senate committee heard arguments this week for enacting a 25-foot patient safety zone, while several anti-choice bills have been introduced in the house.
Monday night, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals told RH Reality Check that it will “be rescinding the language regarding the 30-day period for blood tests,” and that it intends to “clarify” the building requirements for abortion facilities.
A growing number of states are requiring providers to report abortions on minors as possible cases of rape or incest, even when no evidence of abuse exists—and anti-choice groups are increasingly exploiting these rules to try to discredit doctors or close clinics.
On Monday, an anti-choice website incorrectly noted that eight abortion clinics in Pennsylvania have closed since 2012, misinformation that was picked up by credible news outlets that in some cases attributed the two closures to Act 122—another misstep.
Republicans in Virginia want to create “legislative standing” to let lawmakers defend anti-abortion restrictions in case Democrats won’t.
In May, a trial court will hear evidence on the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s hospital admitting privileges law.
Americans United for Life has offered model legislation designed to “expand enforcement” of existing abortion restrictions.