NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys acting on behalf of the Shreveport abortion facility and its abortion doctors have asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the court's mandate on the Louisiana 2014 Act 620 while they prepare and submit a petition to the Supreme Court. The 5th Circuit's mandate, which was scheduled to be released Monday, would have triggered Louisiana's enforcement of Act 620, which requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
As stated in the appellee's motion filed today, "Plaintiffs intend to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the panel’s decision... Plaintiffs request that this Court stay the mandate while the Supreme Court considers Plaintiffs’ certiorari petition." Case: 17-30397 Document: 00514809461 Page 1.
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Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, stated the following after hearing the news of the motion, "It is disappointing that the abortion industry has again delayed enforcement of this law. Abortion facilities should not receive special loopholes opting them out of requirements that apply to all other outpatient surgical facilities. We look forward to the Supreme Court's consideration of this common-sense law protecting the health and safety of women."