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Judge denies AG Landry’s request to let abortion ban to go into effect pending appeal

By: - July 26, 2022 12:05 pm
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Judge Don Johnson has denied Attorney General Jeff Landry's request to allow enforcement of the state's abortion ban pending an appeal (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Baton Rouge judge has denied Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request to have the state’s abortion ban go into effect pending his appeal of last week’s loss in court, meaning that abortion will stay legal in Louisiana – for now. 

Judge Don Johnson of the 19th Judicial District Court granted abortion providers a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the state’s near-total abortion ban. Attorneys for plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Landry and the Louisiana Department of Health argue that the laws are unconstitutionally vague. 

Landry maintains that the laws are clear.  He decided to appeal the decision to the state First Circuit Court of Appeals, additionally requesting that Johnson allow the ban to go into effect pending the appeal. 

Johnson’s decision to deny Landry’s request means that abortion will remain legal in Louisiana at least until the First Circuit rules on the ban.

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporting intern for Louisiana Illuminator. She has reported extensively on the Legislature and state government for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

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