This week, the nation’s highest court plans to hear an abortion case in Louisiana that some believe could overturn Roe VS. Wade.
The law could dramatically change abortion access for Louisiana women. Proponent of the admitting privileges law says it’s there to protect women, but opponents say it takes away access.
A Louisiana law at the Center of the U.S. Supreme Court decision requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Hope Medical Center Abortion Clinic in Shreveport sued to block the law arguing it would force two of the state’s three abortion clinics to close and wouldn’t reduce the amount of abortions performed, but would only force women to pursue illegal and dangerous ones.
Representative Katrina Jackson of Monroe argues the laws protect women and their health.
“This case was not filed by women in Louisiana. The only plaintiffs in this case are abortion providers or physicians who do not want to meet the standards on healthcare for women,” says Jackson. The Pro-life Democrat says the arguments will take place Wednesday but they’ll have to wait months to receive a high court decision that could impact women of reproductive
age across the state.
In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas. With Brett Kavanaugh on the bench, the court is now considered more conservative which both sides agree could change the legal outcome.