Judge Temporarily Blocks New Abortion Law

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By Alabama News Network

A federal judge is temporary blocking a new abortion law from going into effect Monday.

The law places stricter standards on clinics in the state, and makes it a felony for anyone but a physician to perform an abortion.

U-S District Judge Myron Thompson says clinics in Alabama should not face criminal penalties while the court is still considering the case.

Planned Parenthood Southeast and a Montgomery clinic filed the lawsuit arguing three out of the five clinics in the state--- including the one in Montgomery--- will have to shut their doors.

Thompson wrote in his opinion that the plantiffs showed that this law will create serious harms, and women will face substantial new obstacles.

The Attorney General's office says they are disappointed with the ruling.

The temporary restraining order will last through July 12.

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