The Latest: High court to consider Louisiana abortion case

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced, Friday that it will hear arguments over abortion law in Louisiana.
At 620 was signed by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards back in 2014.
It’s stated purpose is to protect women and ensure their safety, but opponents say it ultimately infringes on their rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a controversial Louisiana abortion law case, similar to others across the country.
State Representative Katrina Jackson of Monroe is glad the challenge to the law she authored will be reviewed by the highest court.
This was a bipartisan effort that was passed specifically to promote the women’s health and to make sure the women that are elected or
urged to have an abortion had the same standard of health care as anyone else,” says Jackson

Jackson’s Louisiana Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, Act 620 requires that doctors who perform abortions have what’s called admitting
privileges at a hospital not more than 30 miles from the facility where the abortion is being performed.

Louisiana has only three facilities in the entire state.

“In February we just had an incident in Baton Rouge where a woman went in for an abortion and she was considered high risk.
When you perform a high-risk abortion or any procedure on any patient in a surgical center one thing that has to be there is IV fluid,” said Jackson.

We spoke to several women on the campus of LSU about the legal battle to come, some say Jackson’s law just hinders abortion care
for women.

“I just don’t understand the control over a woman’s body. I think it is important that we
have access to all forms of birth control including abortions so we can live happier and healthier lives,” said pro-choice advocate,
Trinity Miller.

Meanwhile, pro-life advocates believe the law enhances women’s healthcare.

“I believe that every child…that every baby deserves the right to live and deserves the right to life,” said Grace Ahrenns.

Louisiana is surrounded by other states with similarly restrictive abortion laws. And if the Supreme Court sides with the states
law regarding admitting privileges, this could force the few remaining clinics in Louisiana to close, causing others to question what
abortion care in the bayou state should look like.

“Being a college student I do understand the fear and the stress that comes with a pregnancy
scare but at the same time I think that we need to do our best to look at this issue objectively,” says Kayce Robinson.

The high court is expected to begin their arguments early next year and have a ruling by June of 2020.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court’s new term (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.

The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter. A decision is likely to come by the end of June.

The high court indicated last February it would take a thorough look at the case when it agreed to block a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The Louisiana law is virtually identical to a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. That decision came when Justice Anthony Kennedy was on the bench and before President Donald Trump’s two high court picks, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, joined the court.

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Before the Supreme Court said Friday that it was adding a Louisiana abortion case to the election-year docket, the justices had met in private this week to discuss the hundreds of appeals that accumulated over the summer.

In recent years, they’ve announced new cases they’ve accepted for full review in advance of the term’s start on the first Monday in October.

Among the most significant of the pending appeals involved the Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. There’s also a pending appeal that deals with an Indiana measure calling for women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.

The court’s new term begins Monday.

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