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.
"They want abortion on demand, all the time – and this [emergency motion] is another example of them appealing to a court [to] stop a common-sense law," Clapper tells OneNewsNow. "This law was passed in 2014 – [and now] almost four, five years later it's time for this law to go into effect to protect the health and safety of Louisiana women and its citizens."
Clapper points out the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act was passed with bipartisan support.
"Legislators believed it was important in cases of emergency for an abortion facility to be able to continue its medical care in a hospital nearby," he continues. "We think this is common sense. All other outpatient surgical facilities in the state of Louisiana have to have the same thing. Abortion businesses should not have loopholes when it comes to the health and safety of their patients."
If the Supreme Court decides not to take on the case, the Louisiana law will go into effect on Monday, February 4.