More abortion restrictions coming for La. women, doctors
BATON ROUGE - While Louisiana's law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges may be jeopardized by this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, more limitations on the procedure are planned in the state.
Lawmakers enacted new abortion restrictions in the regular legislative session that ended earlier this month.
They required a 72-hour wait for most women to get an abortion, toughened criteria for doctors who perform abortions and limited second-trimester abortion options by banning the procedure called dilation and evacuation.
The new laws take effect Aug. 1.
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Louisiana has a similar regulation that has been on hold by a federal judge and appears threatened by the Supreme Court ruling.
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