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In the latest episode of a lengthy court battle since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court on Monday temporarily banned most abortions in Kentucky while a court dispute is being resolved.
Judge Larry E. Thompson from the Court of Appeals, granted the state’s attorney general, Republican Daniel Cameron, the emergency request to reinstate two laws that another judge had stopped which immediately bans almost all abortions.
On July 22, Judge Mitch Perry ruled that abortions could continue to be performed in the state during the trial that will decide whether the state authorities’ ban on the practice is legal.
Earlier, on June 30, Perry himself had already granted the request of the two organizations with clinics in Louisville (Kentucky) that performed abortions —EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood— and had suspended the ban on a temporary basis.
Kentucky activated the abortion ban as soon as the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made public. It was one of nine states that had the abortion ban in place by the time the Supreme Court ruling came out, and it became effective on June 24.
On June 27, another Louisiana judge suspended the state’s abortion ban, and on June 28, a Texas judge did the same.