One week after opening an investigation into state abortion facilities, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s COVID-19 Task Force has referred its findings to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for further action, according to a statement emailed to Live Action and also posted by National Right to Life News.
The task force was originally convened to investigate potential violations of the LDH statewide ban on elective and non-emergency procedures by the state’s abortion facilities and others, as Live Action News reported. One week later, Landry announced that the state’s COVID-19 Task Force completed investigations into the state’s three abortion facilities located in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
“Our fact-finding investigations will be sent to LDH which can take further action against those facilities that are not in compliance with the emergency orders or otherwise pose a threat to public health,” Landry said, according to the statement. “We will continue to assist LDH by getting it the information it needs to enforce its regulations.”
The results of the COVID-19 Task Force investigations into the state’s abortion facilities have not been released to the public, pending enforcement action by LDH. As Live Action News has reported, Louisiana’s abortion facilities have a dangerous history of “institutional negligence” that has endangered not only preborn babies, but also vulnerable women.
Attorney General Landry’s office has also learned of a pending legal challenge to LDH’s order by June Medical Services — the same abortion facility whose legal challenge to a state admitting privileges requirement is before the Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Russo. Landry took a strong stand against the pending legal challenge.
“In the midst of a public health crisis, while the rest of Louisiana has come together to fight COVID-19, it is shocking that abortion clinics like June Medical are again arguing in court that the rules applying to other facilities do not apply to them,” the attorney general said. “We stand ready to provide a legal defense of the actions LDH has taken to protect the public health of all Louisiana citizens.”
While the abortion industry continues to show greed and callousness during the global pandemic by flagrantly ignoring bans on elective procedures that are designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, pro-life elected officials like Attorney General Landry continue to take proactive measures to protect all Americans, including the preborn.
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