Abortion Advocates Want U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Against Louisiana’s New Abortion Restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 27: Pro-choice and pro-life activists demonstrate on the steps of the United States Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to close. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Supporters of abortion want the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stop to Louisiana’s new abortion restrictions – restrictions that pro-life advocates call “common sense.”

The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act of 2014 requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas, but a panel of judges on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has more recently ruled in Louisiana’s favor. Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit declined to hear the case before all the judges on the court.

“The Fifth Circuit brazenly ignored recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent squarely on point,” claims Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement. Her organization is among the plaintiffs asking for U.S. Supreme Court intervention.

“We are filing an emergency motion with the Supreme Court to block this law before women in Louisiana are harmed,” she continues. “There is no way this law can stand under the Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health, which struck down the same law in Texas.”

In reaction to that motion, Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, says abortion attorneys and abortion facilities are “always out to do everything they can” so that they are not regulated in the least bit.

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SOURCE: One News Now, Chris Woodward