Judge temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion ban after controversial Supreme Court ruling

The judge scheduled a hearing for July 8 to decide whether to block the ban’s application any longer.

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A Louisiana judge on Monday temporarily blocked three state laws banning abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the Roe v. Wade ruling.which provided the constitutional right to procedure throughout the country.

Louisiana is one of 13 states that have “trigger laws” that are designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once the Supreme Court has struck down the constitutional right to abortion, as it did last Friday, June 24.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Robin Giarrusso formally issued a temporary restraining order preventing Louisiana from complying with the ban. shortly after one of that state’s three abortion clinics, the Medical Group of Women, filed a lawsuit.

The clinic said all three of Louisiana’s activation law bans violated its due process rights under the state constitution, and argued that they lack constitutionally required safeguards to prevent “arbitrary application.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Medical Group of Women, said abortion care will resume in Louisiana following Giarrusso’s order.

The groups supported by the center also argued that the laws are too “vague”, They do not include a specific start date beyond the annulment of Roe vs. Wade.

The judge scheduled a hearing for July 8, to decide whether to block the application of the ban any longer.

Louisiana’s trigger laws would prohibit abortions in all cases except when a mother faces death or serious injury. The laws do not include exceptions for rape or incest.

The Louisiana case is one of several challenging Republican-backed abortion laws under state constitutions following the controversial US Supreme Court ruling.

With information from Reuters / Fox News

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