Covering Louisiana

Aug 28, 2014 6:01 AM by AP

Judge hears request to block new La. abortion law

An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to halt enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its request for a permanent block is in court.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles is hearing arguments Thursday.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital, starting Sept. 1.

The Center for Reproductive Rights says doctors haven't had enough time to get those privileges, so the law would probably shut down Louisiana's five abortion clinics.

Lawyers for Louisiana's health secretary say the doctors say they probably won't get admitting privileges, so it makes little sense to give them more time. They also say the doctors could have gotten more time by telling the state earlier that they'd applied for admitting privileges.

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