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BATON ROUGE (LifeSiteNews) – Abortion is still legal in Louisiana – for now.
The Louisiana Supreme Court allowed a temporary ban on the state’s pro-life trigger law to stand in a 4-2 ruling late Wednesday. The Court opined that it was too early to make a decision on the case, holding that a legal challenge to the state’s law should first be heard in district and appellate courts.
The block on Louisiana’s trigger law was put in place shortly after the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned Roe v. Wade in its ruling for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Abortionists had argued that Louisiana’s trigger law, prepared to come into effect if Roe v. Wade fell, had contradicting trigger mechanisms and that the law was imprecise in its prohibitions.
According to the law, the three remaining abortion mills in the state would be closed, and abortions after “fertilization and implantation” would be banned. The law allows exceptions only for ectopic pregnancies, pregnancies in which the infant could not survive postpartum, and in cases where the mother’s life is allegedly threatened due to a physical condition.
The law further states that a woman who believes she needs an abortion would need to get a diagnosis from two separate doctors. It also imposes a prison sentence of up to 15 years and $200,000 in fines for abortion providers. Louisianans previously voted for an amendment to the state constitution that said that there was no constitutional right to abortion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court issued its ruling after Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry asked to enforce the law. Justice Jefferson Hughes III explained that the Court had denied Landry’s request, holding that the court would be involved too early, the Washington Examiner reported. Hughes was joined by Justices Scott Crichton, Piper Griffin, and James Genovese.
Justices William Crain and Jay McCallum dissented while Chief Justice John Weimer recused himself. In his opinion, Crain stated that “While whether these doctors will suffer irreparable harm by being prohibited from performing abortions is debatable, terminating alleged life during the period of the temporary restraining order is irreparable.”
The block will remain in place pending a hearing scheduled in a Louisiana district court Friday morning. Friday’s hearing seeks to determine if the block should be extended.
Reacting to the decision, Landry tweeted that the Court was “delaying the inevitable.”
“[The] Louisiana Supreme Court is delaying the inevitable. Our Legislature fulfilled their constitutional duties, and now the Judiciary must. It is disappointing that time is not immediate,” Landry tweeted.
Louisiana Supreme Court is delaying the inevitable. Our Legislature fulfilled their constitutional duties, and now the Judiciary must. It is disappointing that time is not immediate. #lagov #lalege
— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) July 6, 2022
In his July 1 filing, Landry argued that the abortion providers were “willfully misreading clear terms in the law in an attempt to manufacture arguments that the statutes are unconstitutionally vague.”
Joann Wright, an attorney for the abortionists, said, “We look forward to the preliminary injunction hearing on Friday” in district court.
Ever since the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the ongoing debate over the barbaric practice of abortion back to the states, left-wing zealots, politicians, and rioters have taken to the streets and the airwaves to fan the flames of division.
And perhaps no one has epitomized this unhinged rage more than twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Taking her anger out on Justice Clarence Thomas, Clinton has once again shown her propensity for bitterness, hostility towards our Constitution and rule of law, and hatred towards those with differing philosophies from her own.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition in support of Justice Clarence Thomas against hateful attacks by radical liberals like Hillary Clinton.
The Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which saw a 6-3 majority rule in favor of overturning both Roe v. Wade and 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, was a long time coming: In 1973, seven Justices of the Supreme Court (all males) created a phony constitutional "right" to abortion out of thin air, opening the floodgates to practically unfettered access to abortion across the nation and resulting in the killing of more than 60 million innocent, unborn babies in the nearly 50 years that followed.
But with Roe now out of the picture, this decision will officially fall back to the states, who, by way of their elected lawmakers, may now opt to permit, restrict, or even outright ban the practice of abortion altogether.
And while the majority opinion in Dobbs was penned by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, most of the left's ire in the aftermath of its publication has been directed at a different Justice: Conservative constitutionalist Clarence Thomas, currently the bench's only African-American member, who wrote his own separate concurrence acknowledging other past cases which were decided on similar, constitutionally-lacking bases that could potentially be revisited in the future.
Perhaps no disgruntled abortion supporter has gone out of their way more to deride this ruling and Justice Thomas than former First Lady and Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who let her utter contmept for the unborn, the Constitution, and Justice Thomas show in a CBS interview with Gayle King earlier this week.
.@HillaryClinton: "I went to law school with [Justice Thomas]. He’s been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him — resentment, grievance, anger … Women are going to die, Gayle. Women will die.” pic.twitter.com/nUGWGFVJ3m— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 28, 2022
In her deeply personal attack, Clinton claimed that Justice Thomas, a Yale Law School classmate of hers in the early 1970s (when Roe was first decided), was a "person of grievance for as long as I've known him. Resentment, grievance, anger."
She then went on to criticize the court's ruling in Dobbs, repeating without evidence that "women are going to die" as a result, all while (predictably) ignoring the potentially millions of unborn babies who will now live because of Justices' timely decision.
So while pro-abortion liberals like Hillary Clinton continue to lament the outcome of Dobbs and smear conservative Justices like Clarence Thomas with personal attacks simply for abiding by the text of the Constitution, the pro-life movement and millions of Americans who believe in the constitutional right to life can take pride in nearly half a century's work to achieve the end of Roe, and begin the real work of ending the barbaric practice of abortion in the United States.
Now is the time to put out-of-touch elitists like Hillary Clinton on notice that momentum is on the side of life once again and that America is rejecting the culture of death that has penetrated our way of life for far too long.
Now is the time to stand with pro-life, conservative constitutionalists like Justice Clarence Thomas!
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Trigger laws have been enforced in at least 11 states following SCOTUS’ ruling in Dobbs, with other states set to enforce their laws in the near future. Legal challenges have been filed in several states because of the laws.
In Texas, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a pre-Roe abortion law dating from the 1920’s was constitutional after a Harris County district court judge blocked it following an advisory letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In the letter, Paxton said that the law was to be enforced as the state’s trigger law was pending the official judgment of SCOTUS. SCOTUS’ judgment is expected late this month.
In Kentucky, the state Supreme Court ruled against a pro-life trigger law that prohibited most abortions following an advisory letter from Attorney General Daniel Cameron requesting that the law be enforced. The request followed a block on the law from a district court in Jefferson County.
In Utah, a judge imposed a two week stay on a 2020 trigger law after abortion providers filed lawsuits. The law names abortion a second-class felony and allows exceptions for abortions in cases of rape and incest or when the life of the mother is allegedly threatened. The judge, Andrew Stone, said that the immediate effect of the law would occur outweigh any policy issues of the state. He expects the case to go to the Utah Supreme Court.