Jul 1, 2016
Jul 1, 2016
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of several abortion providers challenging seven abortion restrictions (HB 1081; HB 1019; HB 815; SB 33; HB 386; HB 488; and HB 606). Plaintiffs allege that each restriction is unconstitutional on its own and that collectively, the laws impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose.
Via the Center for Reproductive Rights:
This lawsuit challenges seven abortion restrictions passed in Louisiana in 2016—including a measure which would triple the state’s mandatory delay for women seeking abortion from 24 to 72 hours and a dilation and evacuation ban, which prohibits the most common method of second trimester abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights’ lawsuit also challenges:
- a measure which could effectively ban medication abortion by imposing impossible requirements on women and their physicians when a woman completes her medication abortion outside of a doctor’s office;
- a measure which polices a woman’s reason for needing to end a pregnancy by banning abortion in cases of genetic abnormalities;
- a measure which further limits the availability of abortion by restricting which types of physicians may offer abortion care;
- a measure which further stigmatizes abortion care by not only prohibiting any state or local government agency from entering into any funding agreement with any abortion provider, but also prohibiting state or local government officials from contracting with any third party that contracts with an abortion provider;
- a measure which imposes a prison term of hard labor for receiving reimbursement covering expenses related to carrying out the wishes of a woman who—following an abortion—wants to donate fetal tissue for medical research; notably, the measure does not impose the same restriction if a woman experiences a miscarriage.
Although the laws were slated to take effect on August 1, plaintiffs and the State of Louisiana agreed to delay enforcement of the laws.
**last updated March 15, 2017