La. abortion laws challenged by lawsuit

BATON ROUGE - The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a federal lawsuit against two new Louisiana abortion laws.

One of the laws requires ultrasound exams for all women getting abortions while the other bars medical malpractice coverage for doctors who perform elective abortions.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Baton Rouge. It claims the laws interfere with a doctor’s ability to provide the procedure, which is legal, and violates a woman’s right to elect to have an abortion.

The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of a group of abortion clinics.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, the state health secretary and a list of people who served on two boards responsible for enforcing the laws were all named defendants in the suit.

The office of the attorney general has yet to formally receive the lawsuit and thus could not comment, according to a spokeswoman for Caldwell.

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