A demonstration in favor of abortion rights in Salt Lake City, in front of the Utah State Capitol. June 24, 2022. RICK BOWMER / AP A Louisiana judge temporarily suspended, on Monday June 27, the laws prohibiting women in this state from having abortions, adding to the confusion in the United States since the reversal of the Supreme Court on the topic. The high court on Friday annulled the Roe v Wade judgment which for nearly fifty years had guaranteed the right of American women to terminate their pregnancy, giving states the freedom to ban abortions. Several had immediately hastened to declare voluntary terminations of pregnancy (abortion) illegal on their territory, relying in particular on laws that have remained dormant so far. Others intend to reduce the delays for abortion. Read also: Right to abortion: what is the Roe vs. Wade judgment, which set the legal framework for access to abortion in the United States in 1973? But the legal counter-offensive was quick, with complaints filed in state courts rather than federal justice. In Louisiana, a clinic and medical students attacked the three laws prohibiting abortions, arguing that they are too “vague” since they do not clearly specify the exceptions or the associated penalties. Judge Robin Giarrusso on Monday blocked those laws until a July 8 hearing. Abortion remains legal in Mississippi. We will continue to work to ensure that every Mississippian can make their o… https://t.co/7Z7W4ot0Sn— ReproRights (@Center for Reproductive Rights) “Abortions can resume in Louisiana,” the Center for Rights immediately tweeted Reproductive, who represented the complainants. “Every day a clinic is open can make a difference in someone’s life,” clinic president Nancy Northup said in a statement. In Mississippi, too, abortion is still legal. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The Supreme Court, an American institution in turmoil Decisions only temporary These victories could only be short-lived, with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry having promised “to do everything in [son] power to ensure that laws protecting unborn children come into force”. Comparable battles are being played out across the country. In Utah, a court also temporarily suspended the ban on abortion, following a complaint filed by the powerful family planning association Planned Parenthood. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers United States: the abortion pill, a major battle after the decision of the Supreme Court This represents “a victory, but it is only the first stage of what will undoubtedly be a fight long and difficult”, commented the association, which had initiated these proceedings on the grounds that the ban on abortions violates, according to it, the Constitution of the State. The same argument is advanced in Florida by the detractors of a law reducing to fifteen weeks the legal deadline for an abortion, which must come into effect on Friday. Other procedures take place in Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Texas or even Mississippi. This guerrilla should delay the deadline but, according to the Guttmacher Institute, half of the States, especially in the South and the conservative and religious center, should in the more or less long term ban abortions on their soil. The World with AFP
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