BATON ROUGE, LA – Today, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that his office has filed Louisiana’s opposition to an emergency stay application in the enforcement of Act 620 with the United States Supreme Court. Upon filing, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued the following statement:
“Today, the Louisiana Department of Justice filed our opposition to an emergency application for a stay in regards to Act 620. As we have argued throughout this litigation, we firmly believe that Act 620 contains common-sense requirements that will protect the health and safety of Louisiana women.
The Plaintiffs’ representation of the Fifth Circuit’s reasoning in upholding Act 620 is incomplete at best and misleading at worst. As the Fifth Circuit explained, one plaintiff physician unilaterally refused to submit documentation necessary for him to obtain admitting privileges. Another physician at the same clinic threatened to cease performing abortions if Act 620 goes into effect, albeit with shifting justification, and despite his already having admitting privileges that comply with Act 620. Plaintiffs refuse to grapple with those facts, and instead engage in ad hominem attacks on highly respected Fifth Circuit judges. We will continue to fight to defend our laws and hope that the courts will eventually permit this case to be unsealed rather than continuing to allow evidence to be withheld from the public.
I once again thank Representative Katrina Jackson for authoring this public safety legislation and Solicitor General Liz Murrill for preserving the Legislature’s intent.”
Act 620 passed the Louisiana Legislature in 2014 by an 88-5 vote in the House of Representatives and a 34-3 vote in the Senate. A copy of the Opposition brief is available in the More Resources box above.