Monday, June 29, 2020

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This bad ruling is a detriment to the health and safety of women. Louisiana’s law is designed to protect women from unsafe abortion practices. We know abortion carries a lot of risks and consequences, and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital to help minimize those risks just makes sense.”

Cox said Arkansas has legislation similar to Louisiana’s, but there are a few key differences between the two laws. “Arkansas passed a law requiring abortion facilities that offer chemical abortion drugs like RU-486 to have an agreement with a doctor who has hospital admitting privileges. The law doesn’t apply to surgical abortions, and it isn’t as restrictive as Louisiana’s law. At this point, we don’t know how today’s ruling impacts Arkansas’ law.”

Cox said Family Council will continue fighting against abortion in Arkansas. “Arkansas is still winning the fight against abortion and ranks as the second most pro-life state in the nation. This isn’t the victory that a lot of pro-life groups had hoped for, but it won’t stop us from fighting for the lives of unborn children.”