Louisiana’s attorney general issued a very stern warning on Wednesday to any doctor who might be thinking of performing abortions in the state, despite the recent judge’s order block the state from being able to enforce the ban it passed on the barbaric procedure.
Attorney General Jeff Landry wrote a letter addressed to the Louisiana State Medical Society that said the judge’s order on Monday blocking the enforcement of the ban “has limited reach” and abortion has been criminalized since last Friday’s decision, which handed states the rights to determine whether or not to outlaw abortion.
“It is incumbent on this office to advise you that any medical provider who would perform or has performed an elective abortion after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs is jeopardizing his or her liberty and medical license,” Landry went on to write, making a reference to the Friday decision.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
His spokesman did not immediately respond to a message asking whether Landry’s office would seek to prosecute doctors who perform abortions while the judge’s order is in effect.
The three abortion clinics in the state have said they would resume operations while the order is in effect. It was not immediately clear whether that decision would be affected by Landry’s letter.
Louisiana law has “trigger” language that was designed to ban abortion, with few exceptions, in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling ending abortion rights.
State District Judge Robin Giarusso in New Orleans on Monday issued a temporary restraining order banning enforcement, pending a court hearing on a lawsuit filed by a north Louisiana abortion clinic and others. Landry’s office has not said when or where it would appeal that order.
The Newsmax report says that the plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit aren’t denying that the state now has the authority to ban abortion. What they are arguing for is that Louisiana now has several conflicting trigger mechanisms within the law.
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The suit then argues that the law isn’t clear on whether or not it outlaws abortion prior to a fertilized egg implanting in the uterus.
“Although the law provides an exception for ‘medically futile’ pregnancies in cases of fetuses with lethal abnormalities, the plaintiffs noted the law gives no definition of the term and state health officials haven’t yet provided a list of conditions that would qualify as medically futile,” the report concluded.