Breaking from the 2016 Supreme Court precedent set forth in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a federal appeals court ruled that Louisiana’s law requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the state law does not impose a “substantial burden” on women seeking an abortion since, unlike hospitals in Texas, home of Whole Woman’s Health, Louisiana hospitals rarely require abortionists to admit a minimum annual number of patients. —S.G.
A U.S. District judge struck down Kentucky’s law requiring written agreements between abortion centers and ambulances and hospitals. The state plans to appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, said his office is “disappointed that the court would strike down a statute that protects the health and well-being of Kentucky women.” —S.G.