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Louisiana judge upholds abortion ban (temporarily)

Louisiana judge upholds abortion ban (temporarily)

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling, which granted a woman the right to boycott her pregnancy for nearly 50 years. This gave states the freedom to ban abortion. Then several countries rushed to ban abortion in their territories. Others plan to reduce the time periods in which abortions are possible.

What happened in Louisiana?

But a legal counterattack was imminent. Complaints were filed in several state courts. In Louisiana, the clinic and medical students opposed three laws banning abortion. They argued that the laws were too “vague” because they did not spell out the exceptions or penalties at stake.

On Monday, a judge suspended those laws, until a hearing scheduled for July 8. “So abortion is possible again in Louisiana,” the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented the complainants, wrote on Twitter.

However, the victory may be short-lived. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that “laws that protect children from birth” are in place.

Are there similar cases in other countries?

Similar lawsuits are also being filed elsewhere in the country. In Utah, the court also temporarily suspended the abortion ban. However, it appears that it will only be a matter of delay. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a nongovernmental organization that works for sexual and reproductive rights, half of the states, especially in the south and center of the country, will eventually ban abortion.

How difficult is an abortion for an American woman?

More than 7 million American women have had it since the destruction of Roe vs. Friday’s Supreme Court ruling lost access to abortion. An additional approximately 20 million will likely be added in the coming days and weeks. Especially in the poorer southern states, women will have to travel 1,000 kilometers and more if they still want to have a legal abortion.

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