September 27, 2018
Americans United for Life applauds the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. This common-sense health and safety regulation requires abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital to quickly admit a patient when an emergency or complication arises that the abortion clinic is unable to adequately address. The Appeals Court reaffirmed that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a “fact-bound,” state-specific analysis, and unlike Texas’s law in Hellerstedt, Louisiana’s law does not cause an undue burden.