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Louisiana asks Supreme Court to allow state abortion law to go into effect

Louisiana asked the Supreme Court to allow a law to go into effect that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital -- a measure opponents have argued could decimate "safe and legal" abortions in the state.


A federal appeals court upheld the law last fall but in February, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with his four liberal colleagues to put the law on hold until all nine justices could consider whether to take up the case. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed.


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