A Louisiana judge on Monday temporarily suspended laws banning women in that state from having abortions, adding to the confusion in the United States since the Supreme Court reversed the issue.
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The High Court on Friday ruled in Roe v. Wade,” which for nearly 50 years guaranteed American women’s right to terminate their pregnancy and gave states the freedom to outlaw abortions.
Several rushed to outlaw abortion in their territories, specifically relying on laws that have so far remained dormant. Others intend to shorten waiting times for abortions.
But the legal counteroffensive was swift, with lawsuits being filed in state courts rather than federal courts.
In Louisiana, a clinic and medical students have attacked the three laws prohibiting abortion, arguing that they are too “vague” because they don’t clearly specify exceptions or associated penalties.
Judge Robin Giarrusso blocked those laws Monday pending a July 8 hearing.
“Abortions may resume in Louisiana,” the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented the plaintiffs, immediately tweeted.
“Every day that a clinic is open can transform someone’s life,” said clinic president Nancy Northup in a statement.
That victory may be short-lived as Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has vowed to “do everything in our power to ensure laws protecting unborn children go into effect.”
Similar battles are fought across the country. In Utah, the powerful family planning group Planned Parenthood filed a complaint Saturday against the abortion ban because it violates the state’s constitution.
The same argument is being made in Florida by opponents of a law that would reduce the legal time limit for an abortion to 15 weeks and must go into effect on Friday.
Other trials take place notably in Ohio or Kentucky.
This guerrilla should delay the deadline, but according to the Guttmacher Institute, half of the states, especially in the south and the conservative and religious center, should ban abortion on their soil more or less long-term.