Baton Rouge, La. ( Associated Press) — Abortion clinics in Louisiana can continue to operate until a lawsuit challenging the state’s nearly complete ban on abortion is resolved, a state judge ruled Thursday.
State District Judge Donald Johnson’s order in Baton Rouge is the latest development among a flurry of court challenges to state the “trigger” laws were drafted by the US Supreme Court in anticipation of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. , which established abortion rights, which she did on June 24.
For weeks, abortion access has been flickering in Louisiana, where there are three clinics. The statewide abortion ban has taken effect twice since the Supreme Court ruling in June and has been blocked twice. Johnson imposed a temporary moratorium on enforcement on July 11, pending a hearing in the case on Monday.
Johnson’s new rule allows clinics to continue providing abortion procedures while the lawsuit filed by the Northern Louisiana Abortion Clinic and others continues.
The plaintiffs in the trial do not deny that the state can now ban abortions as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. Instead, he argues that there are multiple, conflicting trigger mechanisms now in law in Louisiana. They also argue that state law is unclear on whether it prohibits abortion before the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.
And while the law provides an exception for “medically nonsensical” pregnancies in cases of fetuses with malignant abnormalities, the plaintiffs noted that it provides no definition of the term and that state health officials have yet to define those conditions. List not provided which are medically redundant. ,
In Louisiana, there is no question that the abortion ban will eventually take effect in a state where the legislature has long been dominated by abortion opponents. But the court case has resulted in more time for three abortion clinics in the state — Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans — to remain open.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry said before the ruling on Monday that he hoped the case would eventually end up before the Louisiana Supreme Court.