Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson from Louisiana has announced that she will not be accepting any individual to custody at the Orleans Justice Center arrested for violating the 2006 trigger law that bans abortions in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
“Our community elected me to bring progressive change to our jail, not to bring us back to the days before Roe v. Wade," Hutson said in the release. "I stand with our District Attorney and City Council in saying we will not use the limited resources of our offices to criminalize a women's right to choose or a physician's duty of care.”
The Sherriff’s announcement came hours after the New Orleans City Council members adopted a resolution that asked local police and prosecutors not to enforce any abortion laws in the state. Referring to abortion as a human right, the resolution insisted that New Orleans has a “responsibility” to protect such rights of its citizens.
Abortion in LouisianaOn June 27, after the 2006 Louisiana trigger law banning most abortions came into effect following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Judge Robin M. Giarrusso of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court issued a restraining order temporarily blocking enforcement of the abortion trigger laws.
“The temporary restraining order does not—and cannot—immunize medical providers from liability from criminal conduct,” Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s Republican attorney general, wrote in a letter to Louisiana State Medical Society Executive Vice President Jeff Williams on June 29. “Louisiana medical providers should not fall prey to breathless media reports of injunctions. Subject to certain exceptions, abortion is a criminal offense in the state of Louisiana, and it has been since last Friday.
The 2006 trigger laws banning abortion provide no exceptions for rape or incest. The SB342 bill passed in the recent legislative session and signed into law by the state Governor also bans most abortions and punishes people who offer abortion services with fines and jail time. Both laws provide exceptions only in case of medical risk to the pregnant woman.