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Judge temporarily blocks ‘trigger’ abortion ban in Louisiana after Roe v Wade ruling

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Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a number of states have passed “trigger laws” that prohibit or severely restrict abortions. Louisiana was one of the 13 states to pass such legislation, but a judge in New Orleans temporarily barred the state from enforcing it.

A temporary restraining order was issued by Robin Giarrusso, an Orleans Parish civil district court judge, prohibiting the state from enacting any “trigger law.” The decision was made in a case brought by Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, one of the state’s three abortion clinics.

“Each of the three trigger bans excepts different conduct, making it impossible to know what abortion care is illegal and what is allowed, including what care can be provided to save a woman’s life or end a medically futile pregnancy,” Judge Giarrusso said in his ruling on Monday.

The court will reconvene on July 8 in order to further discuss the enforcement of the ban. The state attorney general, Jeff Landry, however, said that the petitioners are “in for a rough fight”.

The supreme court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling was also called “a cruel and irresponsible stripping of a woman’s agency” by the New Orleans district attorney Jason Williams.

“It would not be wise or prudent to shift our priority from tackling senseless violence happening in our city to investigating the choices women make with regard to their own body,” Williams added.

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