Southern State Pushes Back Hard Against Abortion Ban


On Thursday, the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to reverse a lower court decision that prevented the state from enforcing its ban on abortion.

Last Monday, a judge temporarily halted the implementation of Louisiana's "trigger legislation," which forbids almost all abortions. Following a lawsuit from abortion providers in the state who claimed it was unduly ambiguous, the judge temporarily halted enforcement.

The state Supreme Court's decision on Thursday permits that stay to last at least until Friday, when abortion doctors will present their case in court.

After Roe v. Wade was reversed by the Supreme Court in late June, Louisiana became the first state to have its abortion restrictions challenged. But it is not the only one; Texas and Kentucky have also experienced problems.


The Kentucky Supreme Court made a comparable finding in that state, placing a temporary stay on the enforcement of an abortion ban, which was followed by Louisiana's decision on Thursday.

Ten states, including Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky, have enacted trigger laws that forbid abortion.

Texas' trigger law won't go into effect until thirty days after the Supreme Court issues its ruling overturning Roe. In the Dobbs v. Jackson case, the court released its opinion in late June, but it is not anticipated to release the actual judgment until late July.

Through a pre-Roe legislation already on the books in Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton moved to outlaw abortion in the meantime. Following a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, which claimed the statute had been abolished and was no longer valid, a judge last week temporarily halted the law's enforcement.

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