Louisiana abortion doctors now required to have admitting privileges

January 23, 2019 - 3:37 pm

(WWL.com) -- Beginning Monday, Louisiana abortion doctors will be required to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This comes after a ruling Friday from the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says his office has been proud to defend the law that was passed in 2014, nearly unanimously, in the Louisiana Legislature.

“Everywhere else you go, in any other type of procedure, in a doctor’s office where you have in and out procedures such as that, those doctors are required to have admitting privileges,” said Landry.

Act 620 was held up for years after the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas in 2016. The 5th Circuit in September determined the Louisiana law was different enough to warrant a rehearing.

So starting Monday, Landry says all Louisiana clinics must adhere to the law, or they could be shut down by the state.

“They could lose their license, their ability to operate, and now that we’ve won the case, the responsibility for implementing the law shifts over the governor and his Department of Health,” said Landry.

After five years of winding its way through the courts, Act 620 still may not be done facing legal challenges. There’s one appeal left, and that’s to the U.S. Supreme Court. Landry says if that happens, they’re ready.

“That is always a possibility," Landry said. "We know that we are fully prepared to continue to defend the law. We think we have done a great job laying out our case.”

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