Pro-life group optimistic about SCOTUS delay on ruling

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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U.S. Supreme CourtA pro-life organization thinks the U.S. Supreme Court is being "wise" and "thoughtful" by taking time to consider a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The Louisiana law requiring admitting privileges was scheduled to go into effect yesterday but Associate Justice Samuel Alito blocked the law temporarily on Friday, saying justices needed more time to review the case. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas, but the Louisiana law dates back to 2014 and has been in legal limbo ever since. Last year, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, and later denied a request by pro-abortion groups to rehear the case before all the judges on the appeals court.

"When I heard that the Supreme Court delayed this decision, we didn't think too much consequently about it," says Benjamin Clapper of Louisiana Right to Life. "We felt that the justices must have needed more time to consider it, especially since Justices [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch were not on the court the last time this issue was considered.


"We think it's wise that they're being thoughtful about this decision because it does have ramifications in Louisiana and beyond."

The Supreme Court is supposed to decide its next move by Thursday of this week. Meanwhile, Louisiana Right to Life is still working to protect babies and mothers.

"Every day, Louisiana loves life – and we at Louisiana Right to Life are advancing the pro-life cause by educating people about the reality of abortion, supporting mothers, helping pregnancy centers on the ground that are giving real services to mothers in need," says Clapper. "We just had 20,000 people across five events in this state march for life. We are a pro-life state and we are moving more and more in that direction."

According to statistics released by the Louisiana Department of Health, the state's abortion rate has consistently decreased since 2014, dropping from one abortion for every 6.3 live births to one for every eight in 2017.

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