Pro-Life Organization Right to Life Hopeful After U.S. Supreme Court Delays Ruling on Louisiana Law Requiring Abortion Clinics to Have Admitting Privileges

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 27: Thousands of anti-abortion protesters walk past the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the 43rd annual March for Life January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The march is a gathering and protest against the United States Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A pro-life organization thinks the U.S. Supreme Court is being “wise” and “thoughtful” by taking time to consider a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.


The Louisiana law requiring admitting privileges was scheduled to go into effect yesterday but Associate Justice Samuel Alito blocked the law temporarily on Friday, saying justices needed more time to review the case. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas, but the Louisiana law dates back to 2014 and has been in legal limbo ever since. Last year, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, and later denied a request by pro-abortion groups to rehear the case before all the judges on the appeals court.

“When I heard that the Supreme Court delayed this decision, we didn’t think too much consequently about it,” says Benjamin Clapper of Louisiana Right to Life. “We felt that the justices must have needed more time to consider it, especially since Justices [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch were not on the court the last time this issue was considered.

“We think it’s wise that they’re being thoughtful about this decision because it does have ramifications in Louisiana and beyond.”

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SOURCE: One News Now, Chris Woodward