BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Abortions are now outlawed in Louisiana.
Louisiana’s trigger law, which has been in place since 2006, outlaws abortions in the state now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe Vs. Wade.
The trigger law, signed by former Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco, puts an end to abortions in the state.
Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed SB 342 into law, banning all abortions as well as penalizing doctors who perform abortions with jail time and fines.
“We celebrate the overturn of Roe v. Wade, restoring Louisiana’s right to protect every precious unborn baby from abortion. But we know our work is not done. Through an abundance of public and private resources, Louisiana is ready to support women and children before and after birth,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life.
“The Supreme Court has finally returned to the Constitution and delegated power back to the people. Our State’s representatives, held accountable by their constituents, should and now again can determine abortion policy, not the federal government,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
“Being pro-life means being pro-mothers, pro-babies, and pro-healthy futures, a philosophy I carry with me in the Senate. This is a deeply emotional issue for many Americans, no matter which side one stands, but it is now up to individual states to enact their own policies,” said Senator Bill Cassidy.
“While we are still learning all the details and we will be looking at the impacts for days and weeks to come, let us make a few things clear: this is devastating and horrific, but it is NOT OVER. We will never stop fighting for what is ours: our right to make our own decisions about our bodies and plan our own families and futures,” a statement from Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom.
“One day, the regressive and cruel Dobbs decision will be reversed for its brazen disregard for the rights of women and the rule of law. Until then, we will use every legal lever to ensure that every person’s right to make decisions about their body and their lives is realized and that they have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare,” said Nancy Northup, President, and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“For Louisianians, we have entered a dark new stage of our state’s history. New restrictions have been triggered outlawing all abortion in our state, with minimal exceptions for safety or circumstance,” said Congressman Troy Carter.
“Despite attempts to intimidate the justices, they did their work. Roe v. Wade has misrepresented the Constitution since the ruling was rendered, and today’s decision to return the issue of abortion to the American people and the states corrects a legal and moral error. Louisianians have worked for a long time to have this freedom that is rightly and constitutionally theirs. I am very pleased with today’s decision,” said Kennedy.
Neither Louisiana’s trigger law nor SB 342 provides exceptions for rape or incest.
Louisiana’s three abortion clinics in New Orleans, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge are all now closed.