Louisiana has become the 5th state to ban abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The state health department sent a letter tonight to the three Louisiana abortion companies informing them that the state’s trigger law is now in effect thanks to the Supreme Court’s overthrow of Roe.
Earlier this week, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a pro-life bill banning abortions immediately after the Supreme Court overthrew Roe v. Wade.
The pro-life measure also bans mail-order abortion pills.
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Meanwhile, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry celebrated the Supreme Court decision on Friday at the Cajundome Convention Center, saying it’s a great day for moms and babies in Pelican.
“Important to note is that nearly 50 years ago, the court was wrong. Today they did well,” Landry said.
“For those of you who live in Louisiana, it’s Sunday. Today Louisiana leads because Louisiana is one of the few states with the most pro-life laws on the books,” Landry said.
“The opportunity today is for other states to take Louisiana as an example to protest the unborn,” the attorney general added.
He also noted that his office would immediately take legal action against any obstacles that stand in the way of enforcing these laws.
“I know there are many questions. We get loads of texts and requests about what will happen. This is what I will tell you. We intend to enforce the laws on the books,” he said.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was destroyed and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions, and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state to protect babies from abortions and Kentucky the fourth.
As LifeNews reported today, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, holding a 6-3 majority decision in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion.”
“We believe that Roe and Casey should be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote before the majority.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and such a right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one that Roe and Casey’s defenders now primarily rely on — the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote. in the opinion of the majority. “That provision is held to guarantee some rights not mentioned in the Constitution, but such a right must be ‘deeply rooted in the history and tradition of this nation’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty’.”
Immediately after the decision, Texas abortion companies announced they would be closing, and South Carolina tsaidit had asked a federal appeals court to uphold the abortion ban.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or expeditiously ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Judges ruled to uphold Dobbs, who limited abortion to 15 weeks in Mississippi, effectively quashing Roe v. Wade and returning the abortion law to the states.
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision to allow states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.