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Judge blocks Louisiana pro-life laws from taking effect after abortion clinic action

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Manifestação pró-vida em frente à Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos, em Washington
Pro-life demonstration in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington | Photo: EFE/EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

A judge in the US state of Louisiana suspended this Monday (17) state laws prohibiting abortion, after the United States Supreme Court ruled last Friday (17 ) to overturn the federal jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade, from 991, and restore to the states the freedom to legislate on the subject.

Louisiana is one of the 10 American states with trigger laws, that is, legislation that prohibits or restrict abortion that were scheduled to take effect once the Supreme Court returned to US states the ability to define laws on the subject as they preferred.

According to Reuters, the judge of the Civil District Court of Orleans Parish, Robin Giarrusso, ruled on a temporary ban on enforcement due to a lawsuit by Hope Medical Group for Women of Shreveport, one of three Louisiana abortion clinics.

Also according to the agency, the clinic argued that the three trigger laws of the Louisiana violated m their rights to due process under the state Constitution and “lack of constitutionally required safeguards to prevent arbitrary enforcement.”

He also argued that it is not possible to know which of the state’s trigger laws (or if all) is in effect, which conducts are strictly prohibited and if there are exceptions – such as the possibility of performing an abortion to save the mother’s life.

A hearing has been set for July 8, after which the judge will decide whether local pro-life legislation can go into effect .

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