Here’s some good news to start your weekend. That temporary restraining order blocking the state of Louisiana from enforcing its new, post-Roe v. Wade laws on abortion is now gone. For now, the unborn in this state have the protection the voters and their elected representatives have chosen.
Louisiana can now enforce its ban on almost all abortions under a judge’s order issued Friday amid a flurry of court challenges to state “trigger” laws crafted to take effect when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Days after the Supreme Court decision, Louisiana state District Judge Robin Giarrusso issued a temporary restraining order banning enforcement of the state legislation in response to a lawsuit filed by a north Louisiana abortion clinic and others.
State District Judge Ethel Julien lifted that order following a hearing on the lawsuit Friday during which she said the lawsuit should have been filed in the capital, Baton Rouge.
About 60 protesters gathered outside the courthouse Friday waving signs that read, “Abortion is healthcare” and “Do you want women to die?” The demonstrators, who want to keep the state’s three abortion clinics open, criticized Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has been a staunch defender of efforts to outlaw abortion across the state.
Louisiana Right To Life was quite pleased with the result…
This afternoon, Judge Ethel Simms Julien ruled that Hope Medical Group for Women had improper venue and transferred the case to East Baton Rouge Parish courts. The plaintiffs requested extension of the Temporarily Restraining Order (TRO), however, Judge Julien denied the motion because she no longer had jurisdiction.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about today’s proceeding. “We are happy that Louisiana’s pro-life laws are being enforced again to protect babies from abortion. We thank Judge Julien for her fair and impartial assessment of Louisiana law. It is shame that the abortion business wasted time, taxpayer dollars, and the lives of unborn babies in this lawsuit. It was evident the plantiffs knew this outcome was likely because they had already prepared a request to extend the TRO if the venue was changed. While we expect further legal proceedings in Baton Rouge, we look forward to our laws prevailing in Louisiana. We applaud Attorney General Jeff Landry and his staff for their thorough defense of Louisiana law.
As we said, there is no basis in law for stopping the state’s abortion laws from going into effect. Even the Supreme Court’s failure to knock out the TRO granted by leftist partisan Democrat New Orleans judge Robin Giarrusso didn’t establish anything of the sort; that was all politics.
So now the case will make its way up the line, and it’s not inconceivable that there will be more attacks on the abortion laws. In all likelihood the Left will manufacture plaintiffs again and again and conduct a lawfare campaign in an effort to continue killing unborn children, and they might well succeed here and there. But ultimately the state Supreme Court is going to be forced to make a decision and when they do, the matter will be settled. The voters and their elected representatives have spoken clearly, and the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that their word rules on the question of abortion.
We can’t say with certainty that we’ve seen the last abortion in Louisiana. We can say that we can see the end of them from here.