Lawyers for one of Louisiana’s last three abortion clinics are now trying to stop the state’s lawmakers from adding even more abortion restrictions by putting every single anti-abortion measure previously passed by Louisiana in 2016 on trial, reports Carter Sherman.
“Louisiana is currently neck-and-neck with Mississippi for the title of being the most restrictive state in the nation when it comes to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks and supports abortion rights,” says Sherman.
Rather than challenge a single law, however, and its adverse impact on a woman’s ability to access an abortion, the lawsuit is arguing that all seven restrictions “by themselves and together impose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to abortion,” Zoe Levine, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Sherman. The center brought the case on behalf of the clinic.
“No recent lawsuit against abortion restrictions has challenged so many laws in one case, and that cumulative approach more closely mirrors the actual experiences of Louisiana women seeking abortions, who must grapple with all of the restrictions at once,” Sherman points out.
The lawsuit is seeking to roll back seven abortion restrictions in total, including: banning “dilation and evacuation” procedures; requiring that fetal remains from abortions receive burial rites; criminalizing buying, selling, or transporting donated fetal tissue for medical research; and mandating abortion providers to give women seeking abortions medical misinformation about the procedure and its impact.
More than 45 states introduced bills this year to restrict fetal tissue donation and research, according to the Guttmacher Institute but Wyoming is the only one, so far, that has passed such a measure.