Trial Date Set for La. Admitting Privileges Case; State Still Blocked From Enforcing Measure

October 8, 2014 — The trial date for a federal judge to consider a lawsuit filed by Louisiana abortion clinics against the state's admitting privileges law (HB 388) has been set for March 30, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

The lawsuit was originally filed by abortion facilities in Bossier City, Metairie and Shreveport, with clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans later joining the case (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/8).

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. In September, 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 blocked the state from enforcing the law for now (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/3).

According to the AP/Bee, the temporary restraining order will continue to stay in effect while the underlying challenge to the law continues (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/8).