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Thursday, 20 February 2020
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Alabama's pro-life law stays blocked for now

Alabama's law banning abortions in most circumstances remains blocked by a federal judge.

The state's attorney general's office confirmed it will not appeal the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson in October, Alabama Public Radio reports.

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The injunction prevented the pro-life law from going into effect November 15 while Thompson considers a lawsuit challenging the ban as unconstitutional, the report said.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sued to block the law shortly after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed it in May.

The law makes abortions a felony, though it allows exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk, and pregnant women would not be punished for having an abortion, but abortion providers could face prison time for violations.

A spokesman for Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said the state did not appeal the injunction because it wants time to build a record in the case to try to argue that previous cases guaranteeing the right to abortion were wrongly decided.

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Marshall has said that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU lack legal standing in the case.

The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Terri Collins, said the law was intended to overturn Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court level.

 

Lisa Bourne

Lisa Bourne is Managing Editor of Pregnancy Help News and Content Writer for Heartbeat International. She has worked in journalism and communication for the pro-life community, the Catholic Church, other Christian denominations and secular media for several years. She is married to Chris, and is the mother of three children here on earth, along with their two siblings in heaven. Lisa writes and manages Pregnancy Help News from Central Iowa. 

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