Several Republican attorneys general, naturally including Leslie Rutledge, hope to get some press attention Tuesday for their support of an anti-abortion law that is viewed as a wedge to get the U.S. Supreme Court to effectively stamp out legal abortion in many jurisdictions.
The Louisiana law would require doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinic. It also would prevent abortion providers from suing to challenge laws adopted in the name of “health” but actually as pretexts to make abortion unobtainable, as has been done in Arkansas and other states.
Rutledge will join several other state legal officers and other abortion opponents in what is described as a “Protect Women” coalition for a news conference in Washington Tuesday, another roadshow for the Arkansas attorney general, who among other unfinished statutory business is months behind in filling a seat on the state Ethics Commission.
The Supreme Court is to hear arguments in the case Wednesday. Affirming the Louisiana law would overturn precedent on states putting up burdensome barriers to abortion and likely unleash a flood of other punitive legislation.