The Louisiana 1st Court of Appeals has allowed Attorney General Jeff Landry to institute the abortion ban enacted in 2006. This law would ban all abortion from “fertilization and implantation” except when necessary to preserve the mother’s life or prevent a serious physical injury or if an unborn baby is deemed “medically futile.”
The law had been blocked by Judge Donald Johnson of the 19th District in Baton Rouge on July 21st. Louisiana’s abortion clinics have repeatedly closed and reopened since the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision, which struck down Roe v. Wade and returned regulation of abortion back to the states and Congress.
Louisiana’s ban makes performing an abortion or intentionally providing a pregnant woman with the pill a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Penalties for late-term abortions increase to a maximum of 15 years in prison and fines of $200,000.