Admitting privileges requirement at Alabama abortion clinics to go to trial

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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson Monday morning ordered a lawsuit over an Alabama abortion regulation to go to trial, saying there were significant points of dispute over how new admitting privileges requirements for physicians would affect the state’s five abortion clinics. In an 86-page decision, Thompson denied requests for summary judgment from both sides on [...]

Judge extends temporary restraining order on Alabama abortion law

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A federal judge last week extended a temporary restraining order against an Alabama abortion law, saying the court needed more time to consider how to move forward in a lawsuit brought against it. The restraining order prevents the state from enforcing a portion of the Women’s Health and Safety Act, signed by Gov. Robert Bentley [...]

Senate committee approves 48 hour waiting period for abortions

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A Senate committee Wednesday afternoon approved legislation extending the waiting period for abortions from 24 to 48 hours, a week after the House of Representatives passed a package of anti-abortion legislation. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, would extend the current waiting period to allow physicians to provide the mother with materials on [...]

State, plaintiffs seek to avoid trial in Alabama abortion clinic lawsuit

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The state of Alabama and three abortion clinics filed separate motions Monday seeking to bypass a trial over a new requirement that doctors at abortion clinics in the state have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Both sides asked U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson Monday afternoon for summary judgment, saying the “undisputed facts” of the case [...]

Judgment in Alabama abortion clinic suit likely to come next year

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A lawsuit over a key provision of the state’s new abortion clinic could be resolved early next year, under a schedule agreed to by parties in the case. Meeting with U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson Friday morning, plaintiffs and defendants agreed to a timetable that could allow Thompson to issue a summary judgment on the [...]