Two Abortion Clinics Drop Lawsuit Against La. Admitting Privileges Law

December 10, 2014 — Two Louisiana clinics challenging an admitting privileges law (HB 388) on Friday requested that a judge dismiss their suit, while other clinics challenging the law continue to pursue their case, the AP/Miami Herald reports (AP/Miami Herald, 12/8).

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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/3).

According to AP/Miami Herald, abortion clinics in Shreveport, Bossier City and Metairie filed suit against the law in August. In September, Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge and Women's Health Center in New Orleans filed a separate suit against the law (AP/Miami Herald, 12/8).

In August, U.S. District Judge John deGravelles said the law could take effect as scheduled on Sept. 1, 2014, but he granted a temporary restraining order that blocks the state from enforcing the law for now. Specifically, the judge said the state could not penalize abortion providers who are in the process of applying for admitting privileges (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/3).

Details of Dismissal Request, Next Steps

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans clinics requested their suit's dismissal, a move that attorney Ellie Schilling said was solely for cost reasons. DeGravelles had been considering the clinics' suit together with the lawsuit filed by the three other clinics in the state.

According to the AP/Miami Herald, the suit filed by the other three clinics will remain intact. DeGravelles has scheduled a trial in the case to start on March 30 (AP/Miami Herald, 12/8).