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Louisiana Supreme Court receives emergency request to halt abortion ban

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Louisiana Supreme Court receives emergency request to halt abortion ban

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An abortion rights group filed a request for an emergency injunction to stop Louisiana’s abortion ban, which has been halted and reinstated multiple times since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, along with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and local counsel Ellie Schilling, requested on Thursday that the state Supreme Court reinstate the injunction, which had allowed abortions to continue to be performed in the state.

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“We have asked the state Supreme Court to step in and block these bans once again. This legal ping pong is causing chaos for doctors trying to provide care in healthcare clinics and hospitals across Louisiana. It’s inhumane to have patients living in fear of whether or not they will be able to access reproductive healthcare. If the Court does not act, many people will suffer, and too many have nowhere else to go. These bans must be blocked while this case is litigated in court,” Jenny Ma, senior staff attorney for the group, said in a statement.

The Louisiana law, which bans abortion except in cases in which the mother’s life is in danger, went into effect shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs case, ruling there is no constitutional right to abortion. The law has been temporarily blocked three times and gone into effect three times, with the law being reinstated most recently last week.

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Since the high court’s ruling in Dobbs, states across the country have enacted abortion restrictions, and all have been met with legal challenges of varying success.

In the first vote on abortion law since Dobbs, voters in Kansas voted overwhelmingly to maintain state constitutional protection for abortion access.

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