The founder and chairman of a religious liberty law firm says Louisiana's law requiring doctors who do abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is one of the big cases to watch at the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the United Sates Supreme Court on behalf of Operation Rescue and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference," reports Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel. "It's a common sense law, because otherwise, if doctors don't have admitting privileges when things go wrong, they have no ability to work with or admit their patients into a hospital for emergency care and treatment or follow up."
According to Staver, a lot of these doctors "do not have admitting privileges because they're low-level doctors that are not doing normal medical practices."
"You have to have a certain level of qualifications and credentials for a hospital to allow you to be an admitting doctor, so that's what the issue is," Staver continues.
In a statement issued last October after the Supreme Court decided to take the case, Kathaleen Pittman, the administrator for Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, said the state of Louisiana "has tried everything under the sun to decimate access to abortion care."
"You would think that all of these organizations that claim that they have an interest in the well-being of women would be in favor, but you really begin to see their true motive," Staver responds. "It's just to make money off of abortion with absolutely no care for women."
Still, some legal experts and news outlets think the Supreme Court may rule against Louisiana, citing a 2016 decision against a similar law in Texas. But Louisiana's attorney general, solicitor general, and Louisiana Right to Life all say the case out of Louisiana is different. So does Staver's firm.
"In our brief, we outline all of the medical issues that Operation Rescue has discovered in its extensive research of abortion clinic injuries and malpractice situations, and so we've presented all of that to the Supreme Court to rebut the idea that abortion is safe," says Staver. "It's not."
He adds that abortion comes with a lot of physical, psychological, and other long-term consequences to women that can ultimately result in death. "And certainly it always results in the death of a child," he concludes.
Oral argument is scheduled for this March.