Friday, March 4, 2016

Supremes on Louisiana Abortion Access


Hooray for the Supreme Court!

In a 7 to 1 vote, it temporarily blocked a new Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The law sounds innocent enough until you learn that most hospitals in Louisiana refuse to extend admitting privileges to a doctor whose practice includes abortion.

Guess who the hold-out was--yes, our friend Clarence Thomas.

The LA Times reports:

Abortion-rights groups said that if the admitting privilege rule were enforced, "the state of Louisiana will be left with a single abortion provider. That lone doctor, working in one clinic, cannot meet the need for approximately 10,000 abortions in Louisiana, a need that was previously met by six physicians in five clinics across the state."

Now there will be four doctors to handle these abortions--still not enough for the number of women seeking to terminate pregnancies.

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