Louisiana has become the 5th state to ban abortions following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The state health department this evening sent a letter to the three abortion businesses located in Louisiana informing them that the state’s trigger law is now in effect thanks to the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Earlier this week, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a pro-life bill that will ban abortions immediately after the Supreme Court overturns 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’s decision at the Cajundome Convention Center Friday, saying it’s a great day mothers and babies in the Pelican state.
“What’s important to note is that almost 50 years ago, the court actually got it wrong. Today they got it right,” Landry Said.
“For those of you who live in Louisiana, it’s actually such a great day. 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 be able to take Louisiana as a template in order to protest the unborn,” the attorney general added.
He also noted that his office will be taking immediate legal action against any obstacles in the way of enforcing these laws.
“I know there are many questions out there. We are getting tons of texts and requests as to what exactly is going to happen next. Here’s what I’ll tell you. We intend to enforce the laws that are on the books,” he said.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned 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 protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th.
As LifeNews reported today, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.”
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.’”
Immediately after the decision, Texas abortion businesses announced they were closing and South Carolina announced it had asked a federal appeals court to uphold its abortion ban.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total 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.
Justices ruled to uphold Dobbs, which limits abortion to 15-weeks in Mississippi, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and returning abortion law to the states.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its 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 enflamed debate and deepened division.”
This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.