This is what happens when state legislators pass unconstitutional laws. The entire anti abortion movement is crumbing, thank God.
A federal judge in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday night issued a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of a Louisiana abortion law just hours before it was to take effect.
The law, passed overwhelmingly this year by the state Legislature, requires all abortion doctors in the state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they work. If doctors at clinics don't comply, the clinic can be closed.
In his order, U.S. District Judge John deGravelles allowed the law to technically be enacted Monday but blocked for the time being any punishments or penalties for abortion clinics and their doctors.
Three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics are suing to overturn the law, arguing they won't be able to comply and the clinics would have to shut down. The clinic doctors, while opposing the new law, also are seeking admitting privileges at area hospitals. The judge ruled the temporary restraining order would be in place until a hearing could be held about whether to impose a preliminary restraining order as the case proceeds.
The temporary restraining order in the Louisiana case comes just two days after a federal judge in Texas blocked a portion of that state's abortion law, also set to take effect Sept. 1, that would have required abortion clinics to qualify as "ambulatory surgical centers," a rule that could have closed many clinics in the state, critics said.
In August, a federal judge in Montgomery, Ala., ruled that a portion of a 2013 Alabama law that required abortion-clinic doctors to have admitting privileges was unconstitutional. Alabama is appealing that ruling.
In July, a federal appeals court in New Orleans blocked a 2012 admitting-privileges law in Mississippi from taking effect while the case is in court. That court said in its decision that the law was likely unconstitutional.
Goodness gracious, Herb, these end around ticky tacky state laws are dropping like flies. No wonder evangelism is dying off.