Appeals court upholds La. abortion law
In a split ruling, a federal appeals court upheld a Louisiana law that gives the state health secretary more discretion to shut down an abortion clinic for safety or health concerns.
On Friday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge James Brady in February 2011 to toss a suit brought by a group of outpatient abortion clinics. Brady ruled that the clinics had not shown any hardship due to the law.
Two of the three judges on the appellate panel agreed.
The clinics had sued the state Department of Health and Hospitals in federal court, saying the law deprives them of basic protections given to other licensed health care facilities in the state and encourages discriminatory enforcement against them.
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