A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Alabama abortion clinic law from going into effect, which would abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments from both sides Thursday and made his decision Friday afternoon in favor of plaintiffs Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., Reproductive Health Services, and June Ayers.
The plaintiffs have argued that it is difficult for abortion clinic physicians to get hospital admitting privileges and the new law would eventually force three of Alabama's licensed abortion clinics. Attorneys for the state have argued that the law will protect the health of women seeking abortions.
The temporary restraining order expires at 2:45 p.m. July 12.
Reporter Alan Collins is following this story and will have more details tonight at 5 p.m.
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