Judge Temporarily Blocks Louisiana, Utah Trigger Law Abortion Bans After Legal Challenge

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Judges have temporarily blocked trigger laws banning most abortions which went into effect after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last week in Louisiana and Utah.

In Louisiana on Monday, Orleans Parish Judge Robin Giarrusso issued a temporary injunction after a lawsuit was filed against the state’s attorney general on behalf of abortion providers and pro-abortion activists, Just the News reported.

A hearing is scheduled for July 8.

The challenge was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Medical Students for Choice, Hope Medical Group for Women and its administrator, Kathaleen Pittman.

“Trigger Bans are unconstitutionally vague for the separate and independent reason that they fail to provide any guidelines or safeguards to protect against arbitrary enforcement as required by the Due Process Clause of the Louisiana Constitution,” the parties state in the lawsuit.

They add that “there is no process in place to determine that any one of the Trigger Bans has, in fact, gone into effect.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has vocalized his commitment to ensuring the law remains in effect in the face of the legal challenge.

“We are committed to this monumental legal challenge – not to perpetuate an endless political battle, but to ensure our patients’ wellbeing and so that they may draw strength from our dedication to this fight,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Also on Monday, a state district judge blocked a Utah trigger law allowing abortions to continue in the Beehive state for the next two weeks after a request from Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

“I think the immediate effects that will occur outweigh any policy interests of the state in stopping abortions immediately. Doctors here are threatened with felonies. The affected women are deprived of safe, local medical treatments to terminate pregnancies,” Third District Judge Andrew Stone said during an emergency hearing, as The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Another hearing is scheduled on July 11.

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