Abortion banned in LA again after judge lifts TRO

The state’s ban on abortions is back in effect after a New Orleans judge ruled to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on Louisiana’s abortion trigger laws.

On July 8, 2022, Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Ethel Simms Julien, ruled that abortion providers must challenge the state’s abortion ban in Baton Rouge, not New Orleans.

The decision to lift the temporary restraining order brings the state’s “trigger law” back into effect. The three abortion clinics in Louisiana are expected to close until the hearing is held in Baton Rouge.

New Orleans Judge Robin Giarrusso issued the temporary restraining order, barring the state from enforcing its ban on June 27, 2022, in response to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of June Medical Services, which operates an abortion clinic in Shreveport.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v Wade on June 24, 2022, which enacted Louisiana’s “trigger law” to ban abortion.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed a law in 2006 that implements an immediate ban in Louisiana on all abortions except those where giving birth would threaten the mother’s life or the mother’s health would be permanently damaged.

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