For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017
Contact: Benjamin Clapper
504.228.4273
bclapper@prolifelouisiana.org
Judge Strikes Down Admitting Privileges Law
LARTL Concerned Substandard Facilities Remain Open
BATON ROUGE- On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John deGravelles permanently enjoined Louisiana Act 620, almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law.  Act 620 passed the Louisiana Legislature by an overwhelming bi-partisan manner in 2014 and was signed into law by then Governor Bobby Jindal. 

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following on the release of the decision: "We are disappointed that the judiciary continues to substitute its 'medical' judgement with that of the duly-elected State Legislature and the medical professionals that testified in committee as to pertinent reasons why admitting privileges protect the health of women.  Judges should be judges, not doctors.  Currently, all outpatient surgical facilities in Louisiana other than abortion facilities are required by state regulation to have surgical privileges at a local hospital.  The abortion industry should not receive a special exemption from the federal judiciary so that it can bypass common-sense safety standards."

Dorinda C. Bordlee, the Vice President and Senior Counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund, said "The federal judge found that only one abortion clinic in Louisiana has a doctor with hospital admitting privileges. As bill author Rep. Katrina Jackson emphasized in committee, women are often coerced into abortion and they should receive the same standard of care as all women's health services. This ruling means abortion clinics in Louisiana will remain substandard."

According to the Associated Press, the Attorney General's office is reviewing the opinion to determine how best to proceed.

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