Roe vs. Wade Overturned, What It Means for Abortions in Louisiana?
Today the US Supreme Court announced they have overturned the Roe v. Wade decision by a vote of 6 to 3. You can click here to read President Biden and others who are pro-choice responding to today's decision.
For more comments from the Diocese of Lafayette in reference to today's decision, click here.
What Does This Mean for Louisiana?
This means the three abortion clinics in the state would be closed immediately. While the Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade it essentially brings the decision back to each state. Louisiana already has a trigger law that basically states that if Roe vs. Wade is ever overturned, abortion would immediately be illegal in the state of Louisiana.
There are three abortion clinics in Louisiana currently:
- The Women's Health Care Clinic in New Orleans
- Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge
- Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport
It was in the first week of May that someone, still unnamed publicly, leaked a draft opinion from the Louisiana Supreme Court showing their support for overturning Roe v Wade. The leak caused much condemnation across the country.
Attorney General Jeff Landry spoke with KPEL about the unprecedented nature of a leak from the United State Supreme Court. He says is unbelievable that something like this could happen, but he predicts whoever is responsible will be sent packing. He has no doubt there will be a thorough investigation.
Landry worries that someone on the inside with access to the draft opinion leaked it for political purposes, but he says that has yet to be confirmed.
When it comes to the High Court's decision he says he is very pleased if this is the decision when the final opinion is rendered. He thinks the opinion should be rendered immediately since the information has leaked, but he doubts that will happen.
There is no life, liberty, and happiness without life.
You can click here to read Louisiana's Human Life Protection Act.