Appeals court rules against La. abortion providers

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a group of Louisiana abortion providers lack the standing to challenge part of a 1997 law that can make them liable for damage caused by an abortion procedure and denies them access to a state-run fund for paying malpractice judgments.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a ruling last year by U.S. District Judge Helen "Ginger" Berrigan, who said Louisiana cannot enforce the 1997 law.

A lawyer for Hope Medical Group for Women and two physicians who performed abortions there told The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1aSKVrf ) that they hadn't decided whether to seek a rehearing by the 5th Circuit or ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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