State of Louisiana sued for its pro-life laws

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in late June targeting Louisiana’s abortion facility licensing law and other health and safety regulations.

The group sued on behalf of Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and three anonymous abortionists who say the Louisiana laws run counter to the 2016 Supreme Court decision.

The June 2016 ruling determined a Texas law requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges and mandating abortion facilities meet ambulatory surgical center standards created an unconstitutional undue burden on abortion access.

Louisiana Right to Life Federation’s Executive Director Benjamin Clapper said the regulations are “common sense,” and the lawsuit, if successful, would impose an “abortion-on-demand policy in our pro-life state.”

The lawsuit seeks to overturn Louisiana’s 2001 requirement that abortion centers obtain a state license before performing abortions. The law gives the state health department authority to revoke an abortion license if it finds health and safety violations. (BP)