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Trial begins challenging Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospital

by | Jun 22, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson

Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson

I just received an alert from Louisiana Right to Life, which is hosting the annual NRLC convention next month, that Judge John deGravelles this morning began conducting a six-day trial in which three abortion clinics will challenge a state law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

NRL News Today has posted dozens of stories about similar laws which are intended to protect women’s health. Abortion clinics allege the laws are intended to limit the availability of abortion ‘services.’

HB 388 (Act 620)overwhelmingly passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature and was signed into law June 12, 2014, by pro-life Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Two appeals court panels have addressed similar laws. One unanimously upheld Texas’ law, while the second struck Mississippi’s law on a vote of 2-1.

According to the Associated Press, abortionists

will testify with a screen hiding them from spectators. The doctors sued anonymously, as “John Does,” and a court order has made virtually all information about the clinics confidential. That includes any details about the clinics’ staff, physicians and patients.

Pro-abortion dramatics should not obscure how important the law is.

Rep. Katrina Jackson explained what motivates the legislation in just eight words: “Members,” Jackson said on the House floor, “this is about the safety of women.”

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