Louisiana Judge Blocks Abortion Ban Saving Babies
A Louisiana state judge has blocked that state’s abortion ban, which means unborn babies are no longer protected. However, the state Attorney General is expected to appeal.
Louisiana has a trigger law that went into effect following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but as LifeNews reported, the Louisiana Supreme Court temporarily blocked an abortion ban from saving babies and adding the state to the list of those already protecting unborn children. Louisiana was one of 13 states to immediately ban abortions.
Previously, state Supreme Court justices left in place a temporarily restraining order a lower court put in place against the abortion ban on a 4-2 vote and said lower courts should resolve the issues first before it weighs in on whether the abortion ban in constitutional per the state constitution.
Today, a lower court resolved the issue in favor of the abortion companies that filed suit. State District Judge Don Johnson ruled that the trigger law is supposedly too vague for ordinary citizens and abortionists to understand.
Attorney John Balhoff, who works for the attorney general, dismissed arguments that the law is unclear, saying the trigger law “goes to extraordinary lengths to define the terms.” Balhoff said the law gives doctors the bandwidth to make decisions using “reasonable medical judgment.”
Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry is expected to appeal Johnson’s injunction to the Louisiana Supreme Court, but the three abortion centers that operate in Louisiana can return to killing babies in the meantime.
Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life Benjamin Clapper said the following about Judge Johnson’s decision: “It is an insult to the citizens of Louisiana and our legislators that Judge Johnson enjoined our pro-life laws protecting babies from abortion. The overwhelming majority of the Shreveport abortion facility’s business is performing elective abortion on healthy babies and moms. Louisiana law has been clear for decades that these abortions should be stopped on the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Louisiana law also been clear that doctors can in accord with reasonable medical practices help women facing medical emergencies.”
Clapper concluded, “We call upon the Louisiana Supreme Court to promptly intervene and set the record straight that our laws are clear and enforceable.”
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
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