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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week to strike down a Louisiana abortion law, the state — and particularly the defense mounted by Attorney General Jeff Landry — has been criticized for its tactics by abortion-rights groups.

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck a Louisiana anti-abortion law nearly identical to one deemed unconstitutional in Texas four years ago, in a landmark ruling for abortion rights. The law was expected to decimate abortion access in the state — shutting at least two of the state’s last three clinics, or perhaps all three.

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Lara arrived at the Hope Medical Group for Women abortion clinic on Saturday, April 11, pregnant for the first time at 20 years old. She’d found out at 4 a.m. the Wednesday before, after peeing on a home pregnancy test and watching it instantly come up positive.

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It’s been three months since reproductive rights and anti-abortion groups swarmed the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court while lawyers for a Shreveport abortion clinic and the state of Louisiana faced off before the black-robed justices.

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Louisiana’s health department and governor are facing mounting pressure from anti-abortion groups angry that abortion clinics have continued to operate during the pandemic.