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In a victory for life advocates, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied an appeal in the ongoing legal fight over the state’s abortion law, meaning the ban will remain in effect.
The ruling, which was released on Friday, comes after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, allowing states to pass their own abortion laws, forcing the three Louisiana clinics to rely on temporary rulings and restraining orders to continue operations. Providers had hoped the latest ruling would allow them to resume abortion services.
“While it is disappointing that four of the seven judges, without any written explanation, have issued a decision that will effectively deny intensive care to women across Louisiana, the litigation continues and we are confident that we can make meaningful changes. “, Joanna Wright, an attorney for the plaintiff, said.
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Louisiana’s trigger law, designed to take effect following the US Supreme Court ruling, bans abortion in the state and does not allow exceptions for rape or sexual assault. incest.
Plaintiffs challenging the state ban acknowledge that abortions can now be banned, but dispute that the law’s provisions are contradictory and unconstitutionally vague.
State Judge Donald Johnson issued a preliminary injunction on July 21, allowing the clinics to continue offering abortions while the lawsuit to bar the procedure is argued in court.
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But days later, the abortions were stopped after a state appeals court ruled in favor of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a defendant in the case. A “suspensive” appeal was granted and Johnson was ordered to reinstate abortion restrictions.
Plaintiffs unsuccessfully appealed the 1st Circuit Court’s decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
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Landry welcomed Friday’s ruling in a post on Twitter, saying he was “satisfied with the Court’s decision and will continue to fight to end this legal circus.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.