February 11, 2015 — Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is appealing a Louisiana department's rejection of its application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later this year, the AP/WHLT reports.
PPGC on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal with the Louisiana Division of Administrative Law (AP/WHLT, 2/11).
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' rejected PPGC's application last month under 2012 regulations issued by Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration. The rules require clinics seeking to offer abortion services to carry out the same "facility need review" as state residential care facilities, such as hospice facilities or nursing homes.
Under the regulations, outpatient facilities that want to provide abortion services must prove that such services are needed to preserve access to care prior to applying for a license to perform the procedure.
Louisiana DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert wrote in a letter rejecting PPGC's application, "Your application failed to establish the probability of serious, adverse consequences to recipients' ability to access outpatient abortion services if you are not allowed to apply for licensure."
PPGC's health center, which is currently under construction, would be the third clinic to provide abortions in the New Orleans area, the sixth abortion clinic in the state and the first Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisiana to provide the procedure. The health center will be double the size of PPGC's current clinic in New Orleans, which offers several primary care services (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/21).