By Jonathon Van Maren
Good news out of Louisiana—another pro-life law has been upheld. From the National Post:
A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that a Louisiana law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals does not violate women’s constitutional abortion rights.
The 2-1 ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notes a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down an admitting privileges law in Texas — a case known as Whole Woman’s Health. But, the majority said, Louisiana’s law does not impose the same “substantial burden” on women as the Texas law. The ruling reversed a Baton Rouge-based federal judge’s ruling in the case and ordered the lawsuit by opponents of the law dismissed…
Supporters of the law said abortion doctors need to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles (50 kilometres) in case of medical complications.
The law’s immediate effects are unclear as to the three abortion clinics that court records indicate operate in Louisiana — in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport.
Opponents of the law have argued it would make it very difficult or impossible for many women to obtain abortions. They have said it could result in one or two clinic closures and, eventually, a loss of access to abortion by 70 per cent of the women seeking the procedure in Louisiana.
It is well-known that many abortionists are hacks, and that most physicians want nothing to do with abortion—which is precisely why the abortion industry pushes so hard against any regulations that hold their industry to the same standards as other medical facilities. This has proven to be a very successful avenue for pro-life politicians to restrict the abortion industry and close down clinics—and each time one of these laws gets upheld, Roe v. Wade is hollowed out just a little bit further.
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