A state district judge in Baton Rouge will keep a temporary restraining order in effect while the court considers whether Louisiana’s abortion ban is legal. Judge Donald Johnson issued his ruling Tuesday that prevents Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from enforcing the state’s abortion prohibition.
So-called trigger laws in Louisiana and other states went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 that protected abortion as a constitutional right. A Shreveport abortion services clinic, its director and a medical students’ group have sued the state, saying Louisiana’s abortion laws are vague and contain conflicting language.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has said he anticipates the case will ultimately end up before the Louisiana Supreme Court.
“We believe that ultimately we will prevail and the rule of law will be upheld,” Landry said during a news conference, that was mostly drowned out by the chants of nearby protesters, following Monday’s court hearing. “Those people who don’t like it have two choices — they can try to change the law, but if they find themselves in the minority of ideas then they can pack their bags and go somewhere else.”
This is a developing story. More to come.