Judge blocks Louisiana abortion ban again

A state judge in Louisiana has again blocked the state’s abortion ban from going into effect while litigation plays out in court.

The order to halt enforcement of the state abortion law temporarily was levied by Judge Donald Johnson on Tuesday, the latest decision in a bevy of legal battles across the country in the aftermath of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last month.

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The court order comes less than a week after a state district judge lifted a previous court order that had blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion law.

The Louisiana law in question is a so-called trigger law, which bans abortion in all circumstances except in instances in which the mother’s life is in danger.

Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s attorney general, criticized the court’s ruling in several tweets Tuesday evening, saying the courts were causing a “legal circus.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights is one of the groups party to the legal challenge to the Louisiana abortion law. The group argues that the trigger law is too vague and does not make clear when abortion is banned.

Jenny Ma, senior staff attorney for CRR, praised the court’s decision in a statement.

“This is an incredible relief for people who need abortion care right now in Louisiana,” Ma said. “Abortion care in the state can resume today, and further irreparable harm has been avoided.”

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The court will hold a hearing on the abortion law next Monday.

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