New Guttmacher Data: LA has more abortion restrictions than every other state
Since 1973, the state of Louisiana has enacted 89 abortion restrictions, more—by far—than any other state in the nation. This number, newly released by Guttmacher Institute state policy analysts today, is key context for the March 4 Supreme Court oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee.
During the oral arguments, the state of Louisiana will argue that its admitting privileges law, which would shut down all but one of the state’s abortion providers, is necessary to protect patients. That claim, however, is not only belied by the merits of the case (as evidenced by the fact that the Supreme Court struck down an identical Texas law in 2016), but also by Louisiana’s long track record of unrelenting hostility toward abortion rights and access.