The order blocks the state from implementing three laws written to come into effect once Roe was overturned, immediately banning and criminalizing all abortions in the state. The TRO effectively gives Louisiana women two weeks’ grace until at least the hearing scheduled for July 8.
A spokesperson for Boies Schiller said that by 1:20 p.m. CT on Monday, its client’s clinics were able to resume providing patients with care.
Boies Schiller is challenging what it sees as unconstitutionally “vague” laws written by the Republican-led Legislature. The firm—with local co-counsel Ellie Schilling and Jenny Ma of the Center for Reproductive Rights—claims it is impossible to tell whether the trigger laws are actually in effect and, if so, which ones. The petition also questions what conduct would be prohibited by the trigger laws, including what exceptions exist for doctors performing procedures to save a pregnant person’s life.
Anticipating the overturning of Roe since a draft Dobbs decision was leaked earlier this year, the team had spent weeks on the suit, drafting and redrafting multiple arguments to cover every possible outcome that could arise from Dobbs and the Louisiana Legislature’s response.