Observers say an appeals court ruling striking down a Mississippi law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting priveleges at a nearby hospital should not impact a similar law in Louisiana.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to overturn Mississippi's 2012 law, which would have shuttered the state's only abortion clinic. The judges said every state must guarantee the right to an abortion. Mississippi had argued that those seeking abortions could obtain them in neighboring states.
The sponsor of the Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy.
Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat, says she's not concerned that Louisiana's law will be struck down if a lawsuit is filed, even though appeals would go through the same court. She says two Louisiana abortion clinics have a doctor with admitting privileges, so the law would not close every clinic.
The Louisiana law will take effect September 1.