Shreveport abortion clinic at heart of U.S. Supreme Court case

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Louisiana is already named the most Pro-Life state in the entire country. And that could become a longtime moniker if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a tough new abortion law in Louisiana.

Hope Medical Group For Women on Kings Highway in Shreveport is one of three remaining abortion clinics in Louisiana. | Source: Scott Pace / KSLA

The Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport is challenging that law and the stakes couldn’t be any higher, as one of only three abortion clinics open in Louisiana. That new law would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. And if the clinic’s challenge fails, the Hope Clinic could be forced to shut down.

The court challenge by this small clinic in Shreveport could shape the law across the country, specifically, whether abortion doctors should be required to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Some women drive hours to go there because it is the only one in the ArkLaTex area.

The High Court actually rejected a similar law in Texas in 2016. But now, the court leans more conservative, with President Trump's two appointments of Neil Gorsuch in February of 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in July of 2018.

Pro-Life supporters call the requirement a common-sense requirement. But Pro-Choice advocates call the new law just one more attempt to restrict abortion in Louisiana.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear the clinic's challenge next week, on Wednesday, March 4 and the court's ruling is expected in late June.

Kathaleen Pittman, administrator for the Hope Medical Group for Women, released a statement:

“The admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers was decided 3 and a half years ago by the Supreme Court. At that time it was determined admitting privileges would not benefit women and would do nothing to advance women’s health or safety. It would actually cause clinic closures making it impossible for many to access care. The facts have not changed. The makeup of the court has. It is not an understatement to say the integrity of the Supreme Court is at stake.”

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