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Louisiana's abortion ban back in effect as judge moves court battle to Baton Rouge

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NEW ORLEANS - A judge ordered Friday that a legal battle over Louisiana's aggressive abortion ban be moved to a Baton Rouge court, ending a temporary block that prevented the law from being enforced. 

A New Orleans judge decided Friday that a hearing on the state's trigger law should swap jurisdictions. It's unclear when the matter will be addressed in East Baton Rouge. 

The legislation was poised to go into effect after a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the benchmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which protected abortions at a federal level for decades. The court's decision last month put abortion laws back in the hands of each state, allowing each to decide how to regulate the procedure.

In Louisiana, that ruling activated a trigger law designed to go into effect in the event that Roe v. Wade was overturned. That legislation effectively bans abortions, with no exceptions in instances of rape or incest. 

A lawsuit filed within days of the ruling argued that the language in Louisiana's trigger law was too vague, and a state judge granted a temporary restraining order halting the ban pending the hearing on July 8. 

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry asked last week for the state's Supreme Court to dissolve that order, but his request was denied.

With the hearing now moved out of New Orleans, the restraining order has expired.


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