Federal judge extends temporary restraining order on abortion clinic law

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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson (Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson (Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

A federal judge Tuesday afternoon extended a temporary restraining order on a portion of a new abortion clinic law to August 15, after plaintiffs and defendants in the case said they needed time to “efficiently resolve” issues in the case.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the order Tuesday afternoon.  The temporary restraining order had been set to expire on Friday afternoon.

In a joint filing, attorneys for both sides said they intended to develop “a mutually-acceptable schedule to expedite the final resolution of this case.”

Planned Parenthood and a Montgomery-based clinic providing abortion services sued last month to block part of a law imposing new regulations on abortion clinics.  The plaintiffs — representing three of the five abortion providers in the state — said they were unable to meet the law’s requirement that all physicians at clinics have admitting privileges at a local hospital, which they called medically unnecessary.  Thompson issued an initial restraining order on June 28.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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