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Appeals Court: Trigger law to take effect as legal challenge plays out

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Jul 29, 2022

A Louisiana appeals court has ruled the state’s strict ban on abortion must be reinstated as the ongoing legal challenge to the ban plays out, delivering a blow to abortion advocates after they won a favorable ruling in district court, our media partners at The Advocate report.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the district court must grant Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request for a “suspensive appeal,” which means the lower court’s order blocking the law must be suspended while Landry appeals. Judge Don Johnson of the 19th Judicial District granted abortion providers a preliminary injunction against the “trigger ban” on abortion earlier this month, the newspaper is reporting.

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A spokesman for the plaintiffs in the case reached out to say that, until Judge Johnson signs an order, the trigger law is not in effect. He also said that the 1st Circuit granted the motion without waiting for the plaintiffs to file their brief in opposition.