Commonwealth Policy Center

Louisiana had a law on the books that requires any medical professionals performing a surgical procedure to have admitting privileges to a local hospital. This is to ensure the health and safety of a patient who might need access to a local hospital if something went wrong. The law also applies to abortionists. However, the Supreme Court struck down the law and said it imposed an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to the procedure. Several states, including Kentucky, have similar laws. It’s considered a setback in the pro-life movement, but it’s not the end of it. The safety of pregnant moms and the protection of their unborn children under the law will remain paramount. The debate over abortion starts at the state level but ends up with the last word from the Supreme Court.