Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law
BATON ROUGE- An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed its lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on behalf of abortion clinics in Shreveport, Bossier City and Metairie and two doctors.
It seeks an immediate injunction against the law, which takes effect Sept. 1.
Under the law, abortion doctors must be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of where the procedure is performed. The hospital must provide obstetrical or gynecological services.
The lawsuit says doctors haven't had enough time to obtain the privileges and the law likely would force Louisiana's five abortion clinics to close.