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Judge rules La. anti-abortion law unconstitutional

10 months 1 week 3 days ago January 26, 2016 Jan 26, 2016 Tuesday, January 26 2016 January 26, 2016 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Jindal-era law which would have required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals is unconstitutional.

U. S. District Court Judge John deGravelles said the law, Act 620, places too much of an undue burden on women in Louisiana who want to seek an abortion.

The Center for Reproductive Rights joined a group of lawyers to challenge the law on behalf of five Louisiana abortion providers. A spokesperson for the group said all but one of those clinics would have had to shut down if the law had been allowed to stand.

Judge deGravelles issued a preliminary injunction more than a year ago to halt implementation of the law. It's similar to a Texas law which was also challenged and is scheduled to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

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