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Legal battles sparked in US states following abortion ruling

Battles over abortion shifted to state courts on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide.
 
A judge blocked a statewide ban in Louisiana and clinics sued to obtain similar relief in Kentucky and Idaho.
 
The three are among the 13 states with "trigger laws" designed to ban or severely restrict abortions once the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
 
In Louisiana, abortion services that had been halted since Friday began resuming after Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Robin Giarrusso on Monday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from carrying out its ban.
 
The judge set a July 8 hearing to decide whether to further block enforcement of the ban.
 
In Kentucky, two abortion clinics filed a state court challenge to an outright abortion ban enacted in 2019 and a separate six-week ban passed that same year.
 
In Idaho, a Planned Parenthood affiliate asked the state's highest court to block enforcement of a "trigger" law banning abortion that the Republican-controlled state legislature passed in 2020 that would take effect August 19.
 
 


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