Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law Put on Hold by Judge

A U.S. judge has temporarily delayed enforcement of a Louisiana law that would require abortion clinic doctors to obtain local hospital admission privileges by today.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles in Baton Rouge, the state’s capital city, yesterday ordered the suing doctors to continue their application process. The temporary order enables the clinics to stay open until an injunction hearing is held, according to court papers. The doctors could have faced a $4,000 fine per violation and potentially lose their medical licenses.

Clinics in Shreveport, Bossier and Metairie sued the state on Aug. 22, arguing the affiliation law threatened to force the those facilities and two other clinics in the state to close, depriving women of their constitutional right of abortion access.

“The overall impact on the right of women to have an abortion in Louisiana is unclear,” deGravelles said, citing an absence of information about the status of doctors at the other two clinics.

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