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Louisiana abortion ban temporarily lifted by New Orleans judge

By: - June 27, 2022 2:18 pm

Protestors march toward City Hall in New Orleans to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 24, 2022, that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. (Piper Hutchinson/Louisiana Illuminator.) Courtesy of the Louisiana Illuminator.

A state district judge in New Orleans on Monday temporarily lifted Louisiana’s abortion ban until July 8, when the court will consider a lawsuit from a Shreveport abortion clinic, the clinic’s administrator and a medical student abortion rights organization based at Tulane University.

“Hoping to start procedures again tomorrow. We have patients here today for consults,” said Kathaleen Pittman, administrator for the Shreveport abortion clinic, Hope Medical Group for Women, in an email Monday.

Pittman, as an individual, is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. She runs one of three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortions.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday on Roe v. Wade, Pittman and the plaintiffs argue that Louisiana has multiple, conflicting abortion bans that are “vague” and do not make clear whether an abortion ban has taken effect or what the penalties are for performing illegal abortions.

Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Robin Giarrusso only granted a temporary restraining order on the ban, meaning the court could put it back in place as early as July 8, when the first hearing on the case will be held.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

This story was published earlier by the Louisiana Illuminator, an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom, which includes the Florida Phoenix.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C.