Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/ WORLD - — Richard Wolf

The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law Fri­day that would have re­duced the num­ber of abor­tion clin­ics in the state from four to one, a po­ten­tial sign that a ma­jor­ity of jus­tices may vote to strike down an even tougher Texas law pend­ing be­fore them.

The rul­ing tem­po­rar­ily stops Louisiana from im­pos­ing one of two re­stric­tions be­ing chal­lenged in the Texas case — a re­quire­ment that doc­tors per­form­ing abor­tions have ad­mit­ting priv­i­leges at nearby hospi­tals.

Two clin­ics al­ready had closed fol­low­ing a fed­eral ap­peals court rul­ing that up­held the law, and a third clos­ing was an­tic­i­pated.

The jus­tices had done the same thing in Texas, where re­stric­tions the state Leg­is­la­ture passed al­ready have played a role in forc­ing the clo­sure of half of the state’s clin­ics.

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