Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing an abortion law that he says would prevent most women from getting abortions.
Attorneys for the state immediately asked Judge John deGravelles to stay Wednesday's order while they appeal it and his Jan. 26 finding that the law is unconstitutional.
The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. Supporters say that would protect women's health. Opponents say it would make it impossible to get abortions.
DeGravelles said in January that the only doctor who meets the requirement only performs about 30 percent of all abortions in Louisiana.
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