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Judge’s ruling means Louisiana may enforce its near-total abortion ban

by | Jul 11, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Late last week, State District Judge Ethel Simms Julien ruled that the plaintiffs for Hope Medical Group for Women, an abortion provider, had improper venue and transferred the case from the New Orleans Parish Civil District Court to East Baton Rouge Parish courts.

“Abortion is effectively banned in Louisiana until the case is heard in Baton Rouge,” Kyla Guilfoil reported, because “Judge Julien has no authority to extend the temporary restraining order blocking the state bans.” The judge transferred the case to the 19 Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

Julien had said “the suit’s claims that provisions in the law are unconstitutionally vague and inconsistent are matters involving legislation, and therefore should be heard in state court in the capital, Baton Rouge,” according to Kevin McGill.

“We are happy that Louisiana pro-life laws are back being enforced protecting babies from abortion,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. “We thank Judge Julien for her fair and impartial of Louisiana law. It is disappointing that the abortion business wasted time and taxpayer dollars in this lawsuit. It was evident they knew this outcome was likely because they had already prepared a request to extend the TRO if the decision was made. While we expect further legal proceedings in Baton Rouge, we look forward to our laws prevailing in Louisiana.”

Since Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Robin Giarrusso’s decision on June 27, “two abortion clinics have continued to see patients in the state: Women’s Health Care Center Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge and Hope Medical Group for Women,” Guilfoil explained. “As of this ruling, those clinics will no longer be able to continue their services.”

Once the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Louisiana’s trigger laws restrictions arguably went into automatic effect.

“For decades, it’s has been the unambiguous position of Louisiana citizens and our legislators to protect babies from abortion,” Clapper said. “Now, Roe v. Wade has been emphatically overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, providing clear authority to Louisiana to enforce its pro-life law.”

Update from Louisiana Right to Life:

The Shreveport abortion business has filed a request for a TRO against LA’s pro-life laws in the 19th JDC in Baton Rouge, which apparently has been assigned to Judge Don Johnson.

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