Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Baton Rouge says there is a rational reason for Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges, but the law could still turn out to be an undue burden on women who want abortions.
District Judge John deGravelles threw out part of a challenge to the law Tuesday but refused to dismiss the entire lawsuit.
DeGravelles says he's bound by an appeals court decision upholding a similar Texas law. But he notes that the same court overturned such a law in Mississippi, where it would have closed the state's only abortion clinic.
Louisiana's attorney, Kyle Duncan, says trial is scheduled June 22 on two questions: the Legislature's purpose in passing the law and the effect it will have on access to abortions.
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