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A nervous wait at Louisiana abortion clinic at the center of U.S. Supreme Court fight

REUTERS/Lila Engelbrecht

A 27-year-old woman from southern Arkansas waited nervously at the Hope Medical Group for Women after traveling two hours for a medical procedure that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in certain parts of the United States: an abortion.

Four weeks pregnant, the woman felt she had no option but to seek an abortion because she suffered serious medical complications during her last pregnancy, which ended in stillbirth.

“I’m incredibly thankful for this place,” the woman told Reuters. “I don’t want to die.”

The future of the Hope clinic, located in the city of Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana, hangs in the balance. The clinic is housed in a windowless brick structure on a corner lot several miles from the casino hotel-dominated skyline of the city of about 190,000 people.

Its fate lies in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which on March 4 is set to hear the clinic’s challenge to a tough Louisiana law placing new restrictions on doctors who perform abortions. If the law goes into effect, the clinic may have to close down.

18th Feb 2020

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