Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hearing on Louisiana law banning most abortions ends without immediate ruling

BATON ROUGE ( Associated Press) — A hearing on Louisiana laws that ban most abortions ended Monday without an immediate ruling from a state judge who upheld a temporary restraining order that has allowed abortions to continue while arguments play out. legal.

The “trigger law” was designed to take effect immediately after the US Supreme Court overturned its 1973 ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide.

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At Monday’s hearing, State District Judge Donald Johnson asked both sides to file documents that are due Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, he maintains a temporary restraining order that prevents the “activation law” from going into effect, meaning abortions can still be performed.

For weeks, abortion access has been fluctuating in Louisiana, where there are three clinics. A state abortion ban has gone into effect twice and been blocked twice since the Supreme Court ruling in June.

Currently, due to a temporary order issued by a state district judge last week, authorities are unable to enforce the ban and at least one clinic is offering abortion procedures.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit do not deny that the state may ban abortion as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. Instead, they contend that Louisiana now has multiple conflicting trigger mechanisms in the law. They also argue that state law is unclear on whether it prohibits an abortion before a fertilized egg implants in the uterus.

And while the law provides an exception for “medically useless” pregnancies in cases of fetuses with fatal abnormalities, the plaintiffs noted that it does not provide a definition of the term and that state health officials have not yet provided a list of conditions that would qualify as medically useless. .

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