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Louisiana can enforce abortion ban while legal battle plays out in court

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, July 29 2022 Jul 29, 2022 July 29, 2022 2:15 PM July 29, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - An appellate court ruled that Louisiana can enforce its strict abortion ban while a lawsuit challenging its trigger laws plays out following a federal decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

On Friday, Louisiana's First Circuit Court of Appeal granted Attorney General Jeff Landry's request for a suspensive appeal, overturning a decision from Baton Rouge Judge Don Johnson. The suspensive appeal allows the enforcement of Louisiana trigger laws while the appellate court rules on a temporary order that allowed clinics to stay open. 

Judge Johnson had blocked Landry's request earlier this week, pointing to "constitutional ambiguity" in Louisiana's ban and saying the trigger laws could be misinterpreted and therefore misapplied by healthcare professionals. 

The original lawsuit, which claimed the language in Louisiana's trigger laws was too vague, kicked off the ongoing legal battle last month when it was filed by pro-abortion activists in New Orleans. The suit was later moved to Baton Rouge and is expected to make it all the way to Louisiana's Supreme Court. 

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