Lawsuit filed to challenge abortion law
Posted on 8/22/2014 5:30:00 PM.
A state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital goes into a effect next Monday, but the Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the law.


 
An attorney for the center, Julie Rikelman, says the courts have blocked similar laws around the country.
 
"We filed this lawsuit because, if it takes effect on September 1, it will either entirely eliminate or drastically restrict the access to legal abortion in Louisiana."
 
Rikelman says the law, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year, will close all five of the state's five abortion clinics. She says one of their arguments against the law is that the state didn't give abortion doctors enough time to obtain the privileges. 
 
"And the application process at hospitals can be very lengthy.  It can take months to even have an application for privileges considered."
 
But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper disagrees and says abortion doctors had enough time to get admitting privileges. 
 
"Therefore, they are taking the route of trying to stop this process through law, instead of doing what is necessary to get admitting privileges at a local hospital."
 
Clapper says Louisiana has the right to close a loophole in the current law, which allows for abortion facilities to operate at a lower standard, compared to other surgical facilities. 
 
"It helps the woman and it helps to make sure that complications are taken care of easier, quicker, and more effective."
 
Center For Reproductive Rights, Julie Rikelman, Louisiana Right to Life, Ben Clapper


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