U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

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WASHINGTON (AP) , Gwendolyn Ducre - The Supreme Court is stopping Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.

The law requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic where they're practicing the abortions in case there's a medical.

This would allow doctors to walk into an emergency room and take care of the patient instead of a new physician those who are against this say this is just another way to create more hurdles for those wanting abortions.

Representative Katrina Jackson (D), who authored the law, and who's also pro-life, tells KNOE the law is designed to keep women safe.

"I've always said that, listen, it's an important law. The Supreme Court did the same thing the lower courts did in issuing a stay until they review a law," Jackson said.

This adds fear to others that clinics will be forced to close because they don't already have admitting rights, leaving the state with only abortion clinic, which would be Shreveport.

"If they officially close its doors, they will have to reapply for a new clinic license, which is very difficult to obtain in Louisiana," Kathaleen Pittman, Administrator for Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport.

The justices said by a 5-4 vote that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.

The four more conservative justices, including Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, would have allowed it to take effect. Kavanaugh wrote a dissent explaining his vote.

The law is very similar to a Texas measure the justices struck down three years ago. Roberts dissented in that case.