A Louisiana judge on Monday temporarily suspended laws banning women in that state from having abortions, adding to confusion in the United States since the Supreme Court’s overturn on the matter.
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The Supreme Court on Friday struck down the “Roe v. Wade” case that for nearly 50 years had guaranteed the right of American women to terminate their pregnancies, giving states the freedom to ban abortion.
Many of them were immediately quick to declare abortions illegal on their lands, relying in particular on laws that have so far lain dormant. Others intend to reduce the delay in abortion.
But the legal counterattack was swift, with complaints lodged in state courts rather than federal courts.
In Louisiana, the clinic and medical students have attacked the three laws banning abortion, arguing that they are too “vague” because they do not clearly specify the exceptions or penalties associated with them.
On Monday, Judge Ruben Giarusso suspended those laws until the July 8 hearing.
“Abortion can resume in Louisiana,” the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented the plaintiffs, tweeted immediately.
“Every day the clinic opens can make a difference in someone’s life,” clinic president Nancy Northup said in a statement.
This victory may only be short-lived, as Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry promised to “do everything in his power to ensure that laws protecting unborn children apply.”
Similar battles are taking place all over the country. In Utah, the powerful Planned Parenthood Association filed a complaint Saturday against a ban on abortions, on the grounds that it violates the state constitution.
The same argument was made in Florida by critics of a law lowering to 15 weeks the legal deadline for abortion, which must go into effect on Friday.
Other procedures are performed in Ohio or Kentucky, in particular.
These gangs should delay the deadline, but according to the Guttmacher Institute, half of the states, especially in the conservative and religious center-center South, should ban abortions on their territory for nearly the long term.