Louisiana Supreme Court Denies Petition to Dissolve TRO from Hope Medical Group

The Louisiana Supreme Court denied Attorney General Jeff Landry’s petition to dissolve the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from Hope Medical Group. The majority decision against the Attorney General was joined by Justices Crichton, Hughes, Genovese, and Griffin.  Justice Hughes concurred in the decision.  Justices Crain and McCallum dissented and would have dissolved the TRO.  Chief Justice Weimer recused himself.   Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about their decision:

For decades, its has been the unambiguous position of Louisiana citizens and our legislators to protect babies from abortion. Now, Roe v. Wade has been emphatically overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, providing clear authority to Louisiana to enforce its pro-life law. It is the responsibility and within the legal authority of the Louisiana Supreme Court to uphold our laws from empty legal  challenges.

The Louisiana Supreme Court let Louisiana citizens down by not decisively defending our laws from pro-abortion delay tactics. Echoing Justice Crain’s compelling words, everyday this temporary restraining order remains in place leads to more babies lost from abortion.

We are also disappointed in Chief Justice Weimer’s recusal. This matter is too important for the Chief Justice to sit on the sidelines over a separate political matter between him and the Attorney General. 

While these delays are a disgrace to our citizens, our legislators, and babies waiting to be born, we still remain confident that our pro-life laws will be upheld in time.”

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