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Mon Sep 30, 2013, 10:36 PM

Louisiana Abortion Law Upheld; Disaster for Texas Women?

Texas isn't the only state attempting to restrict women's access to reproductive health. Louisiana did too, and a recent federal court decision shows how the Louisiana law could have implications in Texas.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported earlier this month that the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped a challenge by doctors and abortion providers to a 1997 Louisiana law that treats physicians who provide abortions differently from those who do not.

According to the Times-Picayune article, the 1997 law, known as Act 825, created a ten-year statute of limitations for a woman to sue her abortion provider. It also bars abortion providers from a state-run medical malpractice review process and to a state fund designed to defray the costs of satisfying malpractice judgments against them that arise from abortion procedures.

The court ruled that the doctors and other providers did not have standing to challenge the law.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14147/louisiana-abortion-law-upheld-disaster-for-texas-women .

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