Healthcare

Abortion rights group asks Supreme Court to strike down Louisiana clinic law

An abortion rights group on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to strike down a Louisiana law they say is designed to shutter abortion clinics.

The law would require doctors who perform abortions have the authority to admit patients at a nearby hospital, forcing clinics to close down if they can't comply.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last year upheld the law after a lower court overturned it. The Supreme Court in February granted a temporary stay blocking enforcement of the law as it was about to take effect.

The Center for Reproductive Rights argued in its petition Wednesday that the appeals court ruling violates precedent set by the Supreme Court in 2016, when it threw out a nearly identical Texas law.

"In 2016, the Court was crystal clear that states may not use medically unjustified restrictions to shut down abortion clinics," said Nancy Northup, the group's president and CEO. "If states are allowed to disregard Supreme Court decisions, the constitutional protections of Roe v. Wade are in peril."

Chief Justice John Roberts angered conservatives in February by siding with the court's liberal wing in blocking the law from taking effect in Louisiana. He did not explain his decision.

Roberts in 2016 voted to uphold identical restrictions under a Texas law.

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