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A judge's temporary restraining order (TRO) is preventing the implementation of HB388 until March 31, 2015.
Earlier this month, a Louisiana judge issued a 30-day temporary restraining order (TRO), in recognition of the fact that the hasty implementation of HB388 did not provide adequate time for many hospitals to issue admitting privileges. As the TRO expiration date nears, the New Orleans Abortion Fund has written an Open Letter to Louisiana Hospitals: Dear Louisiana Hospitals.
Update (6/13/14): HB388 has been signed into law.
Update (5/21/14): HB388 has passed the Louisiana legislature, and now heads to Governor Jindal's desk.
Update (5/13/14): The Senate is scheduled to hear HB388 on Wednesday, May 14 at 2pm. NOAF will be at the Capitol, bringing the voices of our clients and communities to our legislators! Join us (and wear purple!) If you can't be there in person, be sure to call/write your state senator. Find him/her here: http://openstates.org/
Update (5/7/14): The Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously passed this bill. Two NOAF board members testified against this bill, sharing the stories of women who we serve and presenting over 1,300 petitions from Louisianans in opposition. Read our HB388 press release.
It now moves to the full Senate.
Update (3/31/14): The House passed HB 388 with six nays and 14 absent.
Update (3/25/14): The full house will hear testimony on HB 388 next week. Call and email your house members today! Contact information here: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_ByAddress.asp. Or, sign up with Choice Louisiana to contact your rep and receive updates and alerts!
Update (3/23/14): The House Committee on Health and Welfare unanimously passed HB 388, despite testimony from attornies, clinic owners, medical students, and NOAF supporters. See coverage here (begins at 8:21).
Louisiana House Bill 388, introduced by Representative Katrina Jackson (D - Monroe), will require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic in which the abortion is performed. This bill echoes the recent restrictions that have closed numerous clinics in Texas.
In partnership with the other grassroots organizations in the newly-formed Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, NOAF will continue to advocate for abortion access in Louisiana in the face of these attacks.
Call or write today!
We need you to contact Governor Jindal to veto this bill!
- There is no medical reason for this requirement. Abortion is among the safest medical procedures; less than half of one percent lead to major complications, and most of those few complications can be addressed in an outpatient setting.
- Politicians, not doctors, are behind this push. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have spoken out against admitting privilege requirements for abortion providers.
- The doctors who provide abortions in Louisiana are skilled, patient-centered, and trusted community members.
- Only Ob/Gyn or family practice physicians perform abortions in Louisiana, which means providers are already some of the most skilled doctors in the medical profession.
- Louisiana law requires a physician to remain in an abortion facility when patients are present. This means it would be impossible for a provider to leave the facility during business hours to admit a patient into a local hospital. Transfer agreements are a best practice in this scenario.
- This bill places onerous restrictions on respected doctors and leave only two parishes with clinics, impacting minority and low-income women who will turn to home remedies or dangerous, illegal abortions, just as they did prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade.