UPDATED ON 1/29/2019
Abortion providers in Louisiana could be required to have admitting privileges at area hospitals by the end of the month.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request from abortion advocates that the court rehear a decision in favor of Louisiana's law known as Act 620. This comes after a three-judge panel ruled in favor of Louisiana last September.
"This was an unbelievable victory for us," Louisiana's attorney general, Jeff Landry, tells OneNewsNow. "It affirms that our solicitor general's office is doing an outstanding job of defending pro-life laws in Louisiana."
UPDATE: On Monday, January 28, 2019, the Supreme Court was asked, in an emergency request from the Center for Reproductive Rights and abortion providers in Louisiana, to block Act 620 from going into effect. Associate Justice Samuel Alito was asked to make a decision by Thursday, January 31. The law will go into effect on February 4 if the high court does not act.
The state AG insists this is not only a pro-life law but also a pro-women's health bill by requiring admitting privileges for an ambulatory center.
"And this was no different than if you go down and bring your child to get his tonsil's taken out or an in-and-out procedure," he says. "Those doctors are required to have admitting privileges."
Barring any appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, Act 620 is scheduled to go into effect January 28.