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Indiana’s abortion ban was blocked in court Thursday, just a week after it first went into effect, as abortion providers filed a string of lawsuits aimed at circumventing state-level restrictions that were struck down by the US Supreme Court. V. Lowered.

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Indiana: a state judge blocked After the law went into effect in August and took effect on September 15, the state’s nearly complete ban on abortion, while the trial against it proceeds, raises a “reasonable possibility” that the law violates the Indiana Constitution.

Ohio: a state judge temporarily stopped Ohio’s six-week abortion ban through at least October 12 until he can issue a more permanent ruling on blocking the law—after the state’s Supreme Court first denied Request to stop the ban on July 1 – after an initially six-week ban by the courts Applicable Hours after Rowe vs. Wade’s overturned on June 24.

West Virginia: a state judge blocked The trial against it proceeds as the state’s pre-cry abortion ban on July 18, as the judge sided with abortion providers, who argued that the 19th-century law conflicted with the state’s recent abortion measures— But after abortion, it has been banned again in the state. Lawmakers passed a new nearly complete abortion ban and Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed it into law on September 16.

North Dakota: a state judge issued An injunction that stopped the state’s abortion ban from taking effect on August 25 — even though the state’s only abortion clinic that brought the lawsuit, has already moved out of the state — after the first Ongoing A temporary restraining order in July that delayed enforcement of the law.

South Carolina: State Supreme Court temporarily blocked Its six-week abortion ban on August 17, in favor of abortion providers, who argued that the law violated the state’s constitution, though lawmakers are now trying to pass new legislation that still works for only six weeks. Will ban abortion after the week, but tighten restrictions.

Georgia: a state superior court judge refused August 15 to halt the state’s six-week abortion ban while the trial against it proceeds, rejecting requests from abortion providers and advocates who have passed the law after a federal judge allowed it to take effect in July. filed suit to reverse it.

Idaho: Idaho Supreme Court Government 13 that the state’s trigger law outlawing nearly all abortions could take effect on August 25 as abortion providers’ litigation against it proceeds—though a federal judge ruled to allow abortions in the case of all medical emergencies. Separately limited the triggering law to a six-week ban to take effect—and also allowed lawsuits against anyone who aided and abetted an abortion.

Wyoming: a state judge issued A preliminary injunction on August 10 blocked the state’s Trigger Law, which had banned all abortions in the state with the exception of rape, incest and medical emergencies. Stop The law, for only two weeks, sided with abortion providers, who argued that the law was overly vague and that it “lacked any guidance” for providers who were unsure whether they had a patient who could legally can cause an abortion.

Kentucky: a state judge issued A restraining order on June 30 that blocked both the state’s outright ban on abortion and a separate ban on the procedure after about six weeks, and although a court earlier extended guideline Block on July 22, an appeals court again Government The ban could take effect again on August 1 as the challenge moves forward.

Louisiana: The state was the first to block its abortion trigger law in court on June 27, and the law has since gone out of effect; it in short went back before being effective from July 8 blocked againand an appeals court now reinstated law.

Utah: was the trigger law of the state blocked The Supreme Court’s decision on June 27 took effect a few hours later, as abortion providers argued the law violated the state’s constitution, and a judge Government On 11 July that it be blocked as the matter proceeds.

Mississippi: State Judge Debra K. Halford denied A request to block both the state’s triggering law banning all abortions and a six-week abortion ban on July 5, ruling she did not believe the trial of abortion providers would ultimately be successful and adequately described the restrictions as “irreparable.” “did not show damages,” and the abortion clinic that brought the lawsuit dropped His challenge is because the clinic is closed.

Texas: A state judge issued a temporary restraining order that blocked The state’s pre-cry abortion ban remains in effect June 28 — allowing abortions to resume at least temporarily until Texas’s trigger ban goes into effect later in July — but Texas Supreme Court then rejecting In that order, abortion was once again banned in the state on July 1.

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More state court decisions and lawsuits. Abortion providers and Democratic politicians have also filed lawsuits against the abortion ban. Wisconsin And Oklahoma Those that have become effective or are scheduled to take effect in Roe's absence, and are pending challenges. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has asked a state court to roll back the six-week ban, waging a legal battle over that law.

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"Every extra day, every extra hour we can put the restriction in place, makes a huge difference to the patients in the waiting room," Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, told reporters on July 1. Providers' immediate priority is to preserve abortion access "as long as we can" in the states.


While state courts are increasingly blocking abortion restrictions, federal courts are allowing other states' restrictions to take effect. in addition to the following ohio, Georgia And South Carolinajudge in Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina And alabama So far it has allowed restrictions on the state level and the process of reinstatement, after previously blocking them when Roe was still the law of the land and abortion was legal at the federal level. In Idaho's ruling, a federal judge partially blocked that state's trigger law in response to a lawsuit from the Biden administration, which argued it conflicted with federal law, but only the law prohibits abortion during medical emergencies. is related.

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A state judge in Florida briefly blocked the state's 15-week abortion ban, which was enacted and challenged in court before the Supreme Court decision. The law took effect on July 1 until a written order from Leon County Judge John Cooper was issued on July 5, even though Cooper said during a June 30 hearing that he intended to block the law. Cooper's order was only in effect for a few minutes, however, as Florida Gov. appealed immediately The decision, which automatically stayed Cooper's order until another ruling could be issued as to whether it should be put back into effect. This means the 15-week ban is still in effect. Florida Republicans passed the law despite the fact that the Florida Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in the state's constitution, and abortion rights advocates fear that the state court would reverse that precedent and ban abortion. license to the state.

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State officials whose laws are being challenged stand by their abortion restrictions. “We are fully prepared to defend these laws in our state courts, as we have in our federal courts,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in a statement, accusing abortion providers of “intimidation tactics” and Utah AG accused of using Sean Reyes. said Salt Lake Tribune Her office will "do its duty to defend the state's law against any and all potential legal challenges before the state's abortion law is blocked."

main background

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on June 24, giving states license to prohibit the process altogether after justices declared the landmark 1973 ruling "extremely wrong." The court's decision banned abortion in 13 states, and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute eventually banned or severely restricted the procedure in 26 states. While abortion may now be illegal under federal law, the focus of abortion providers is now on targeting sanctions in state courts, arguing that even though the US Constitution does not protect abortion rights, they are still safe. ...