Federal judge blocks two Alabama abortion restrictions
The judge put a stop to how close clinics can be to public schools and to a ban on a procedure that ends pregnancies in the second trimester.
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Judge Myron Thompson in the District Court for the Middle District of Alabama issued a preliminary injunction, ruling that the laws are likely to be found unconstitutional, according to online court records.
The school-proximity law bans clinics within 2,000 feet of a K-8 public school.
Thompson wrote the law would likely force the closing of clinics in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, where the majority of abortions in the state are performed, causing an undo burden for women seeking an abortion and other services…
Thompson wrote that Alabama’s law restricting an abortion method commonly performed in the second trimester of a pregnancy, known as dilation and evacuation, also places an undue burden on women.
The law requires the doctor stop the heart of the fetus before abortion, an “inadequately studied, potentially risky procedure,” he wrote.
The restrictions come amid a wave of laws being adopted by states as conservatives seek to chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on facilities that perform abortions.
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