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La. Admitting Privileges Law Back in Court This Month

La. Admitting Privileges Law Back in Court This Month

September 3, 2014 — A federal judge on Tuesday set the timeline for the next steps in a request to block Louisiana's admitting privileges law (HB 388) while an underlying challenge to the law continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The law requires abortion providers at the five clinics in the state to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the facility where they practice.

On Sunday, U.S. District Judge John deGravelles said the law could take effect as scheduled on Sept. 1, but he granted a temporary restraining order that blocks the state from enforcing the law for now (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3). Specifically, the judge said the state could not penalize abortion providers who are in the process of applying for admitting privileges. In addition, he said he would set a status conference at which he would schedule a hearing to reconsider the plaintiffs' request to block the law (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/2).

Status Conference Set

On Tuesday, deGravelles scheduled the status conference for Sept. 30.

Lawyers from both sides will have until Sept. 23 to file memos of no more than three pages that specify their desired topics to discuss, when the hearing should be held and how much time they will need to prepare (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3).