Jindal Blocking Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in New Orleans

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office has been a part of the effort to block construction of a new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in New Orleans, The Washington Post reports.

A sign declaring that “High-Quality, Affordable Health Care for New Orleans” would begin “Seeing Patients Early 2015,” is now lying on the ground behind a chain link fence, but Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood Center for Choice told The Times-Picayune that the banner was damaged by weather, and that the group still intends to build the clinic.

Planned Parenthood is appealing a ruling from Jindal’s administration that the need for the new clinic was not proven and that “it did not meet the clear requirements.”

Louisiana’s new rules regarding abortion clinics are similar to those in Texas, in which any doctor working at an abortion clinic must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility.