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A Court Ruling Will Force Louisiana to Shut Down All but One Abortion Clinic

On Wednesday, a U.S. appeals court allowed the state of Louisiana to enforce a 2014 law aimed at shuttering abortion clinics.

The law, which had previously been halted by a Louisiana district court, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they practice.

The law has massive implications for women in the state. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights—an abortion rights advocacy group—because of the way it's written, it will force all but one legal abortion clinic in the entire state of Louisiana to close. Currently, there are four clinics in the state. 

This is a major setback in the continuing battle over abortion rights, as well as a hit for women seeking access to healthcare in the state of Louisiana. Advocates of the decision maintain that the ruling protects women’s health by ensuring access to quality care, though “access” will now be restricted to women with the means to travel to the one remaining clinic.

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The bill was signed into law by Republican Governor Bobby Jindal in 2014, but the Center for Reproductive Rights plans to appeal this latest ruling with the U.S. Supreme Court.

If they do, it will be the second major abortion case the Supreme Court has seen in years—the court is currently set to hear oral arguments about a similar ruling in Texas next month.

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