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US Alabama Abortion Ban Is Blocked by a Federal Judge

17:55  29 october  2019
17:55  29 october  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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A federal judge blocked Alabama ’s near-total ban on abortions on Tuesday, stopping the legislation from taking effect next month. The ruling, an early step in a legal confrontation that critics of abortion orchestrated to try to reach the United States Supreme Court

Judge Myron Thompson issues preliminary injunction against ban that would have made abortion a felony in almost all cases.

A federal judge blocked Alabama’s near-total ban on abortions on Tuesday, stopping the legislation from taking effect next month.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd with Alabama State Capitol in the background: People gathered at the Alabama State Capitol during the March for Reproductive Freedom against the state’s new abortion law, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, in Montgomery, Ala. in May.© Michael Spooneybarger/Reuters People gathered at the Alabama State Capitol during the March for Reproductive Freedom against the state’s new abortion law, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, in Montgomery, Ala. in May.

The ruling, an early step in a legal confrontation that critics of abortion orchestrated to try to reach the United States Supreme Court, ensured that abortion services would remain available in the state, at least for now.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday blocked the state from enforcing a ban on abortions after 8 weeks of pregnancy, the Litigation is pending against other state abortion laws that ban the procedure early in pregnancy, as well as an Alabama law set to take effect in November

The Alabama law would have made it a felony for doctors to provide abortions in almost all circumstances, and it threatened them with up to 99 years in prison. The law did not include any exceptions for abortions in cases of rape or incest, allowing the procedure only when a woman’s health was at “serious” risk.

The preliminary injunction, which was issued by Judge Myron H. Thompson of the United States District Court in Middle Alabama, will remain in effect until the “court resolves the case in full.”

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