Jeff Landry appeals Louisiana abortion ban block
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to make sure women and unborn babies are protected from abortions, so he filed an appeal today of a judge’s decision blocking enforcement of the state’s abortion ban.
A state judge has blocked Louisiana’s abortion ban, which means unborn babies are no longer protected.
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.
State District Judge Don Johnson ruled that the trigger law is supposedly too vague for ordinary citizens and abortionists to understand. Today, Landry appealed that decision.
Landry filed an appeal Friday morning and is also requesting an expedited consideration to stop Louisiana’s three abortion business from killing more babies while the legal battle plays out. Landry has predicted the case will eventually make its way to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Previously, 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.”
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.”
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