Monday, October 30, 2017

Judge Blocks Alabama Law Prohibiting Abortion Clinics Near Schools

A federal judge blocked an Alabama law that would prohibit abortion facilities from doing business near schools.

The AP reports U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson permanently blocked the 2016 law Thursday, claiming it unconstitutionally restricts women’s access to abortion. Thompson also blocked a state law that prohibits dismemberment abortions, a brutal second-trimester abortion technique used to tear unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating.

“Because these laws clearly impose an impermissible burden on a woman’s ability to choose an abortion, they cannot stand,” Thompson wrote.

The legislation would ban abortion facilities from building within 2,000 feet of public elementary or middle schools and prohibit the state health department from issuing or renewing a health center license to current abortion clinics within the same distance of the schools. If passed, the legislation could close the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives Services in Huntsville or at least force it to move. . . .

Pro-life state leaders said they will appeal the ruling.
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