La. leaders, organizations react to US Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law

La. leaders, organizations react to US Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana leaders are taking a closer look at the United States Supreme Court decision to throw out a Texas abortion access law.

The debate over Louisiana's law is still pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. That has many people concerned about how the high court's ruling could impact that case.

Celebrations broke out in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices overturned a Texas abortion law that required doctors, among other things, to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. The Texas doctors argued the regulations were an attempt to make it harder for women to have an abortion.

While Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Louisiana's law is different, pro-life advocates such as Gene Mills with the Louisiana Family Forum believe the decision does not bode well for Louisiana.

"The court looked at the Texas case and said the only reason you did that is because of animus against the clinic instead of to protect the health and safety of women. I think they got that wrong," Mills said.

Mills believes abortion doctors should be held to a higher standard.

"They get this legal immunity. They hide behind this immunity that says we don't have to worry about standards. We are protected by the court," Mills said.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana Organization for Women is celebrating the court's decision. President Angela Adkins said limiting abortion access to women is unconstitutional, unnecessarily expensive, and can be ultimately dangerous.

"Some of them are having to fly to other states and they are spending five and ten thousand dollars to get an abortion in this country and that's ludicrous," 
Adkins said.

Adkins added it would force more women to have illegal abortions and that fighting the decision in court is a waste of tax dollars.

"Hopefully the opinion that was rendered today will be enough for them to see that the Louisiana law is just as unconstitutional," Adkins said.

This summer, Louisiana lawmakers passed additional laws that put tighter restrictions on abortions, including one requires that women wait 72 hours before having the procedure making it one of four states to have the longest waiting period in the country.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement that a more clear determination of whether the ruling on Texas abortion regulation will impact Louisiana's abortion law will be made after a full review of the opinion and a consultation with the AG Landry.

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