BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana federal judge issued a new order to stop the state from being able to enforce an abortion law that he said would "violate the constitutional right of Louisiana women to abortion."
Soon after the order was issued Wednesday, attorneys for the state asked District Judge John deGravelles to stay it while the state appeals the order along with his ruling on Jan. 26.
The 2014 law requires abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
Supporters of the law said it is meant to protect women's health by ensuring they have access to medical care in case of an emergency during or directly following abortion procedures. Opponents said the measure would essentially make it impossible for women to get abortions.
The law threatened to shutter four of state's five abortion clinics, leaving only one operable clinic statewide. That clinic is located in New Orleans.