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A federal judge on Sunday blocked temporarily a Louisiana law that advocates say would have more than likely closed the five abortion clinics in the Louisiana.
The law which is similar to the Texas Law that led to the famous filibuster by current Governor candidate Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate was signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and as set to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.
Plaintiffs will be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing their efforts to obtain privileges,” Federal Judge John deGravelles wrote in the decision. Pro Choice activists were elated with the Judges decision which is the latest in a recent spat of rulings against abortion restrictions saying it would give doctors more time to obtain privileges at local hospitals.
“Today’s ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed suit to block the law on behalf of three of the state’s five clinics.
Pro Life groups contend it is to protect women’s health in case of an emergency like Janet Blaum. Shelia Herbert, and Ingar Webber.
There is only one doctor who currently performs abortions in Louisiana that has hospital admitting privileges, the Center for Reproductive Rights said. He has stated if he is the only one he would stop for fear of his and his employee’s safety as the pro life protests would be targeted at him full time.