BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the continued authorized battle over the state’s abortion ban, permitting the ban to remain in impact.
The ruling marked a serious blow to abortion-rights advocates and suppliers, who had hoped the ban could be blocked for a 3rd time, permitting Louisiana’s three abortion clinics to start performing procedures once more.
“While it is disappointing that four of the seven justices, without any written explanation, issued a ruling that will effectively deny critical care to women throughout Louisiana, the litigation continues and we are confident we can affect meaningful change,” Joanna Wright, an legal professional for the plaintiff, stated Friday afternoon in addition to confirming the court docket’s ruling.
Following information of the ruling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry — a defendant in the case — tweeted that he was happy with the court docket’s choice and can “continue fighting to end this legal circus.”
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s choice to finish constitutional protections for abortion in June, entry to abortion has fluctuated because the state’s three clinics relied on rulings and short-term restraining orders that allowed them to proceed working.
Plaintiffs difficult the ban don’t deny the state can now prohibit abortions however argue that the legislation’s provisions are contradictory and unconstitutionally imprecise.
On July 21, state Judge Donald Johnson issued a preliminary injunction that allowed clinics to proceed offering abortions whereas the lawsuit over the ban performs out in court docket. But, eight days later, procedures got here to a halt when a state appeals court docket dominated in favor of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, granting a “suspensive” appeal and ordering Johnson to reinstate enforcement of the ban.
The plaintiffs appealed the first Circuit Court’s choice to the Louisiana Supreme Court however have been unsuccessful.