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Judges Temporarily Halt Anti-Abortion “Trigger Laws” in Louisiana and Utah

HeadlineJun 28, 2022

Judges in Louisiana and Utah have temporarily blocked statewide abortion bans from taking effect following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade. On Monday, a judge in New Orleans sided with reproductive rights groups who argued Louisiana’s “trigger law” ban on abortions was unconstitutionally vague. Meanwhile, a judge in Salt Lake City on Monday granted a two-week stay of Utah’s “trigger law” abortion ban after Planned Parenthood sued to block it.

In Texas, a Harris County judge hears arguments today in a lawsuit brought by abortion providers who want to block a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban from taking effect. The law, which has not been enforced for nearly a half-century, criminalizes anyone performing an abortion or assisting in one.

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