BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A state district judge ruled Thursday to block trigger laws that ban nearly all abortions, allowing all three abortion clinics in Louisana to schedule new appointments.
State Judge Donald Johnson ruled with abortion rights advocates, allowing the procedure to continue until the lawsuit challenging the state’s near-total ban on abortions is resolved.
“We are relieved and gratified that access to health care and specifically to abortion care is preserved,” said counsel for plaintiffs and partner at Boies Schiller Flexner Joanna Wright.
The plaintiffs said they don’t deny that the state can ban abortions, but they argue that the trigger laws are conflicting, contradict each other, and create confusion amongst medical providers.
“These laws are not clear on their face, they are vague and therefore they violate the Louisiana Constitution,” Wright said.
Attorney General Jeff Landry responded in a statement: “We look forward to ending this legal circus by getting the case to the State’s Supreme Court as soon as possible – especially, as Justice Crain recently noted, terminating alleged life during the period of a restraining order is irreparable harm.”
But this is just one step in what will likely be a lengthy court battle.
“We expect that at some point the attorney general will file an appeal and we will of course answer that,” said Wright.
Both parties have 30 days to submit plans for the trial on whether the law should be permanently blocked.
“The preliminary injunction blocks enforcement of the trigger bans until after the trial and Chief Judge Johnson has a chance to make a final ruling,” Wright explained.
The trial date has not been set yet.