Louisiana’s last 3 abortion clinics are leaving the state

Louisiana’s last three abortion clinics are leaving the state after the state Supreme Court upheld a near-total abortion ban.

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on Friday, effectively ending any ability to operate an abortion clinic in the state. Employees at the last three clinics in Louisiana, Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, Women’s Health Care Center in New Orleans and Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, say they will be relocating to other states, according to WWNO.

Louisiana law prohibits abortion in all cases, except to save the mother’s life or when a child would not survive childbirth.

Louisiana’s pro-choice advocates initially sued the state to prevent the “abortion law” from going into effect after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade had picked up.

Abortion laws were written to go into effect if the Supreme Court ever overturned Roe. Louisiana is one of more than a dozen states that have had a trigger law on the books.

Louisiana's new law bans abortions in all cases, with exceptions only to save the mother's life or when a child would not survive the birth.
Louisiana’s new law bans abortion in all cases, except to save the mother’s life or when a child would not survive the birth.
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However, abortion groups argued the law was too vague as it did not have a specific date for it to come into effect after Roe’s fall. While a judge ordered a temporary stay of enforcement, the state Supreme Court’s ruling last week allowed it to go into effect.

“I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone and this dimension where nothing really makes sense,” Shreveport Clinic administrator Kathaleen Pittman told NWWO. “I’m just not ready to walk away.”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/16/louisianas-last-3-abortion-clinics-are-leaving-the-state/ Louisiana’s last 3 abortion clinics are leaving the state

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