EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 99-5

EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 99-5

Declaration of Public Health and Safety Emergency


WHEREAS, video tape obtained by WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, reveals the great likelihood that the Delta Women's Clinic located in Baton Rouge may be operating in such an unsanitary and medically deficient manner that the health and safety of the citizens of the state of Louisiana who are using the facility may be endangered;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the inherent police power of the state of Louisiana, it is the state of Louisiana's duty to protect and preserve public health, morals, safety, and welfare; and

WHEREAS, citizens using medical and health related facilities operating in the state of Louisiana are entitled to know and be assured that such facilities are being operated in a sanitary manner;

NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: Pursuant to the inherent police power of the state of Louisiana, a public health and safety emergency is declared to exist.

SECTION 2: The State Public Health Officer is ordered to take all necessary and immediate action to inspect the Delta Women's Clinic located in Baton Rouge and all other medical and health related facilities in the state of Louisiana which are not being regularly inspected to ensure compliance with appropriate health, safety, and sanitation standards.

SECTION 3: The attorney general of the state of Louisiana is requested to review all video tapes obtained by WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, related to Delta Women's Clinic, Baton Rouge, and to conduct all necessary investigations to evaluate whether any criminal offenses may have been committed.

SECTION 4: The State Public Health Officer is ordered to regularly inspect all medical and health related facilities operating in the state of Louisiana to ensure that such facilities are operating in accordance with appropriate health, safety, and sanitation standards.

SECTION 5: All state officials and officers are authorized to take all necessary action to fulfill the purpose of this Order including, but not limited to, taking legal action on behalf of the governor.

SECTION 6: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 5th day of February, 1999.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State