Abortion Front and Center in Arkansas and Louisiana

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — Abortion law is once again a hot topic in both Arkansas and Louisiana. In Washington Thursday the United States Supreme Court by a split 5-4 decision temporarily blocked Lousiana from enforcing a new law that requires that abortion clinic doctors to have admitting rights at nearby hospitals so that patients can be treated immediately in the case of emergencies. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion saying the court’s action was premature because the state had made clear it would allow abortion providers an additional 45 days to obtain admitting privileges before it started enforcing the law. In Arkansas meanwehile the State Senate passed a bill that would ban all abortions in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 decision legalizing the procedure nationwide. Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have similar laws on the books triggering abortion bans if the decision is struck down.



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