Court Blocks Alabama’s Abortion Ban from Taking Effect

FILE-In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 file photo released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state, in Montgomery, Ala. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor’s Office via AP, File)

A district court has blocked a recently signed Alabama law that would effectively ban abortions except for a life-threatening medical emergency.

Judge Myron Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division released an opinion on Tuesday blocking the law from taking effect.

In his granting of a preliminary injunction, Thompson argued that while the state has a valid interest in regulating abortion, it was unconstitutional to prohibit abortion “prior to fetal viability.”

“The court is persuaded that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in showing that the Act violates an individual’s constitutional right to obtain a pre-viability abortion,” wrote Thompson.

“The plaintiffs’ alleged injury is concrete and imminent. Enforcement of the ban would yield serious and irreparable harm, violating the right to privacy and preventing women from obtaining abortions in Alabama.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which along with Planned Parenthood Federation of America brought the lawsuit against Alabama on behalf of state abortion providers, celebrated the injunction.

“As expected, the court has blocked the law and it will not go into effect. Abortion remains legal in Alabama,” stated ACLU of Alabama Executive Director Randall Marshall on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski