Supreme Court Halts Louisiana Abortion Law That Mirrors Texas’ HB2.
The Supreme Court voted on Friday to put a temporary hold on a Louisiana law that would have closed all but one abortion clinic in the state. The 2014 law, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals, mirrors one of the two parts of contested Texas law HB2, on which the Supreme Court heard arguments this week. Friday’s decision to block enforcement of Louisiana’s law could be a death knell for HB2, which also requires abortion clinics to adopt the strict building conditions of an ambulatory surgical center.
Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter in Friday’s Louisiana decision, which reversed a federal appeals court’s February 2016 order that the state be allowed to enforce the law while it was making its way through the courts. After Friday’s ruling, two clinics that closed after that February order will reopen. Another, in Shreveport, which would have likely closed if the law was upheld, will continue to provide abortion care.