In June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of Louisiana’s law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In so doing, the court distinguished the US Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which involved a similar Texas law.
The plaintiffs have asked the US Supreme Court to stay the ruling of the Fifth Circuit and block the enforcement of the Louisiana law. The Supreme Court will soon, perhaps on Thursday February 7, rule on the plaintiffs’ application for a stay. The Court’s ruling on the application for a stay could be tremendously important for the future of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Here is a link to a good piece by David French exploring the implications.