Louisiana owes $4.7M for abortion law challenge, say winners

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lawyers who won a decision overturning a Louisiana abortion law say the state should pay them $4.7 million in fees and expenses.

Lawyers representing abortion clinics have asked a Baton Rouge federal judge to approve the amount. The judge Thursday gave the state's lawyers three weeks to respond.

A motion filed Wednesday says 16 attorneys, clerks and paralegals put in about 6,900 hours of work over three years. They say that adds up to $4.5 million worth of work, plus $187,000 for expenses including travel and research.

The law would have required doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) of their clinic. Attorney John DeGravelles said it was unconstitutional under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a similar Texas law.

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