BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States
announced that it will take up Louisiana’s admitting privilege law, which is
designed to protect women. As the main defender of Louisiana’s pro-life and
pro-woman laws - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following
“In 2014, our duly elected legislators overwhelmingly passed Act 620 to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Today, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to consider our case; and we remain hopeful the Justices will affirm the Fifth Circuit’s decision, as we firmly believe that the facts in our case show Act 620 is constitutional and consistent with our overall regulatory scheme for surgical procedures.
In addition to agreeing to consider the merits of Louisiana’s admitting privileges law, we are pleased the Court has also agreed to take up Louisiana’s challenge to the third-party standing of abortion providers to bring these types of challenges in the first place. The evidence of Louisiana abortion clinics’ poor safety records, inadequate credentialing practices, and questionable efforts to undermine health and safety regulations shows that the abortion clinics’ interests are directly adverse to the interests of Louisiana women. Incompetent and unsafe providers should not be allowed to challenge health and safety standards designed to protect women from those very providers.
Going forward, my office and I will be carefully reviewing the next steps in our defense of Louisiana's admitting privileges law. We will not waver in defense of our State's pro-woman and pro-life laws; and we will continue to do all we legally can to protect Louisiana women.”