New Order Against Enforcing Louisiana Abortion Law
Abortion has long been a touchy topic, and nowhere is it more touchy than in the south. That includes, of course, Louisiana, so it’s no surprise that a recent order related to abortion is causing a big stir down there.
A Louisiana federal judge has recently come under fire (and, according to who you ask, praise) for issuing a new order that would stop the state from enforcing a controversial law that the judge and many others feel would, in effect, stop women from going through with abortions.
The Judge, Judge John deGravelles, has been making headlines regarding his order since January 26th of this year. On that date, he became well known for his ruling that the Louisiana state law is unconstitutional.
The state, which harbors deep roots in the Christian religion, as one might expect, was immediately opposed to his finding and requested that he stay his order so that they could appeal it.
The judge still has not made a decision as to whether or not he will suspend his order. However, the pressure is definitely on. The judge has received written arguments from several abortion clinics prompting briefs quickly though Louisiana’s attorney has said that he does not want to file said briefs.
All of this havoc is being wreaked over a law that requires all abortion performing doctors to admit patients to hospitals that fall within a 30 mile radius. Some feel that this law protects the health of women by ensuring that they get the help that they may potentially need. Others, however, say it makes it hard for many people, especially those in poor economic conditions, to get abortions.
The judge has backed his decision, though controversial, with research and fact. According to his findings, only two of the six doctors who perform abortions in the state, are capable of meeting this requirement. If the law is enforced, one of the already small number of doctors has said that he would stop offering the procedure.
The judge, who feels that opposition to the law is really just disguised opposition to abortion in general, thinks that, if enforced, the law would push the majority of the doctors out of their clinics and prevent as much as 70% of women from being able to undergo abortion procedures. While no final ruling has yet been made in the case, Louisiana’s state lawyers have stated that they are confident the 5th United States Circuit Court of Appeals will overturn the judge’s findings. The lawyers cite that the judge’s research is not in line with similar research done in Texas, that more women than the judge claims would have access to abortion procedures if desired, and that one of the doctors in question does not meet necessary requirements.
While the jury is still out, quite literally, in terms of what will happen in this case, many see it as a clear cut way of limiting access to abortions for women in the state. Others, however, side with Louisiana’s decision, making this situation one that is being carefully watched and hotly debated from all sides.