Pro-Life Law in Louisiana Wins Another Court Battle
Admitting Privileges Law Could Be Enforced by End of Month
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised a federal court for their decision late last week to reject yet another court hearing on Act 620. General Landry’s Office has been defending the bipartisan law which requires abortion providers in Louisiana be able to admit patients at nearby hospitals in the event of complications.
“I applaud the Fifth Circuit’s decision to reject the abortion providers’ latest legal challenge to Louisiana’s pro-life and pro-woman admitting privileges law,” said General Landry. “Act 620 is common-sense measure that ensures women will receive proper care if they have complications.”
In September, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in Louisiana’s favor - distinguishing Act 620 from a Texas law that was struck down by the United States Supreme Court in June 2016. Abortion industry attorneys then sought to challenge that ruling by asking the Fifth Circuit to rehear the case en banc, or by all the judges who sit on that court.
On Friday by a 9-6 vote - the Fifth Circuit rejected the request for rehearing, effectively preserving the previous ruling in the Louisiana’s favor. Barring any appeals to the United States Supreme Court, Act 620 is scheduled to go into effect on January 28, 2019.
“The Fifth Circuit once again affirmed what we have repeatedly said: our law is both factually and legally different from the Texas law that the Supreme Court ruled against,” added General Landry. “I once again thank Representative Katrina Jackson for authoring this public safety legislation and Solicitor General Liz Murrill for preserving the Legislature’s intent.”
Act 620 passed the Louisiana Legislature in 2014 by an 88-5 vote in the House of Representatives and a 34-3 vote in the Senate