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Law Goes Into Effect Monday That May Impact Abortion Access In La.

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LA ABORTION LAW -   Louisiana’s  State  Attorney General Jeff Landry  announced  in a news release on Tuesday that -- Starting Monday, Jan. 28,-- physicians who perform abortions in Louisiana must have permission to use nearby hospitals, called “admitting privileges,”.    This comes after a long court battle as last week the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request to rehear the case on ACT 620 .  Sponsored by Rep Katrina Jackson of Monroe, Act 620 was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2014,   and requires  physicians  who perform abortions to have 

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admitting privileges  at a hospital  within 30 miles of their clinic but for one reason  or another  some  doctors who perform abortions  haven’t  received  admitting  privileges.   New Orleans attorney Ellie Schilling represents reproductive health care providers and is  co-founder of Lift Louisiana, an organization that advocates for reproductive rights  in the state.  She tells Baton Rouge Public Radio WRKF --  the law will reduce women’s  access to abortion in Louisiana.  

"If the ruling remains in effect, it will force most if not all those clinics to close," explained Schilling. "Which will mean that women either will not have anywhere at all that they can access abortion."

The three clinics that perform abortions in Louisiana are located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport.  The law goes into effect Monday barring an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.