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Attorney General Jeff Landry Applauds Federal Court for Halting Bad Ruling in Abortion Case
2/24/2016

General Landry Calls Decision a Victory for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA – Attorney General Jeff Landry applauded the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after they halted a lower court’s ruling in June Medical Services, et al. v. Kathy Kliebert, et al.

“Our emergency request for a stay of the lower court’s ruling on Act 620 was granted by the Fifth Circuit today,” said General Landry. “I applaud the Fifth Circuit’s decision to halt the erroneous ruling and allow Louisiana’s pro-life and pro-woman admitting privileges law to go into effect.”

“Act 620 is a reasonable, common-sense safety measure,” added General Landry. “Anyone who has outpatient surgery would expect her doctor to admit her to a hospital in the event of complications; women seeking abortions should have the same assurance of prompt care.”

“The Fifth Circuit agreed with Louisiana’s argument that the District Court ignored legal precedent and evidence showing this law is a legitimate way of protecting the health and safety of Louisiana women,” continued General Landry. “Today is a victory for Louisiana, whose elected legislative representatives overwhelmingly passed Act 620.”

State Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), the author of Act 620 – the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act of 2014, praised today’s decision: “This stay by a unanimous three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit is a victory for the health and safety of women who are harmed by abortion. I am very pleased that the Legislature's interest in protecting both women and unborn children is being respected by the court.”

General Landry concluded: “Today’s decision puts the District Court’s ruling on hold while our appeal goes forward. I will continue to do all I legally can to protect the health and safety of every Louisiana woman.”

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Act 620 requires abortion providers be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital in the event of complications. It passed 88-5 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and 34-3 in the Louisiana Senate



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