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Louisiana Can Implement Near-Total Abortion Ban After Ruling


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana can now implement its ban on just about all abortions under a judge’s order issued Friday amid a flurry of court challenges to state “trigger” laws crafted to take effect when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The choice got here the identical day President Joe Biden issued an executive order to guard access to abortion in states where it remains to be legal and mitigate the potential penalties women searching for the procedure may face after the high court’s ruling on June 24.

Days after the Supreme Court decision, Louisiana District Judge Robin Giarrusso issued a short lived restraining order banning enforcement of the state laws in response to a lawsuit filed by a north Louisiana abortion clinic and others.

State District Judge Ethel Julien said Friday that she had no authority to increase the restraining order after concluding that the suit mustn’t have been filed in her court, but in state court within the capital, Baton Rouge. She said the suit belongs there because its claims that provisions within the law are unconstitutionally vague and inconsistent are matters involving laws.

The ruling was a victory for Attorney General Jeff Landry and lawyers for the state, who argued that the lawsuit had been improperly filed in Recent Orleans.

Operating room technician Nikki Jordan performs an ultrasound on a patient at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Nearly two weeks after the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision was overturned, the abortion clinic was still providing abortions.

It was not immediately clear what effect the ruling would have on three clinics operating within the state. An attorney for the opponents of the law declined to comment.

“In the event that they proceed to operate, they accomplish that under their very own risk,” Landry said after the hearing.

About 60 protesters gathered outside the courthouse Friday waving signs that read, “Abortion is healthcare” and “Do you would like women to die?” The demonstrators, who wish to keep the state’s three abortion clinics open, criticized Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has been a staunch defender of efforts to outlaw abortion across the state.

Abortion advocates in quite a few states file court challenges to individual state laws restricting the procedure. In Mississippi, home of the case that led to the Supreme Court decision, attorneys for the state’s sole abortion clinic filed a petition on Thursday asking the state’s highest court to temporarily block a recent state law that bans most abortions. The attorneys made the request on the day the law took effect and two days after a Mississippi judge rejected the identical request.

The story has been edited to make clear that Julien didn’t lift the order, per se, but said she had no authority to increase it after determining the case didn’t belong in her court.

Associated Press author Rebecca Santana contributed to this report.

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