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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week to strike down a Louisiana abortion law, the state — and particularly the defense mounted by Attorney General Jeff Landry — has been criticized for its tactics by abortion-rights groups.

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck a Louisiana anti-abortion law nearly identical to one deemed unconstitutional in Texas four years ago, in a landmark ruling for abortion rights. The law was expected to decimate abortion access in the state — shutting at least two of the state’s last three clinics, or perhaps all three.

Lara arrived at the Hope Medical Group for Women abortion clinic on Saturday, April 11, pregnant for the first time at 20 years old. She’d found out at 4 a.m. the Wednesday before, after peeing on a home pregnancy test and watching it instantly come up positive.

It’s been three months since reproductive rights and anti-abortion groups swarmed the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court while lawyers for a Shreveport abortion clinic and the state of Louisiana faced off before the black-robed justices.

Louisiana’s health department and governor are facing mounting pressure from anti-abortion groups angry that abortion clinics have continued to operate during the pandemic.

The new front in the fight over abortion rights reached Louisiana this week, after a Shreveport clinic sued state officials to try and stay open amid mounting political pressure to shut down abortion clinics during the coronavirus outbreak.

A Shreveport abortion clinic is suing the Louisiana Department of Health and the Attorney General over actions it says are meant to shut it down abortion access in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Thursday that he and Attorney General Jeff Landry sent investigators into Louisiana abortion clinics that remain open amid the state’s the coronavirus outbreak.

Update, March 30: Two abortion clinics have resumed operations this week. 

Patients are being seen at the Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans and the Hope Medical Group for Women clinic in Shreveport.

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments today in the first major abortion case of the Trump Era, considering the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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