Alabama abortion clinics bill http://apr.org en Judge Delays Part Of Ala. Abortion Law Until March http://apr.org/post/judge-delays-part-ala-abortion-law-until-march <p>A federal judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Tuesday postponing enforcement to the date suggested by attorneys on both sides of a lawsuit challenging part of the law.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are trying to block a portion of the law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:24:41 +0000 The Associated Press 34698 at http://apr.org Judge Delays Part Of Ala. Abortion Law Until March Ala. Governor Out as Defendant in Abortion Suit http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-out-defendant-abortion-suit <p>A federal judge has dismissed the governor and officials with three professional medical boards as defendants in a suit challenging a new Alabama law setting stricter regulations for abortion clinics.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson removed Gov. Robert Bentley as a defendant Tuesday based on an agreement by all parties. He removed officials with the state boards for nursing, medical licensure and medical examiners on Monday. Bentley's attorney maintained he had no role in enforcing the new law.<br> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:15:59 +0000 The Associated Press 34289 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Out as Defendant in Abortion Suit Federal Judge Blocks Ala. Abortion Clinic Law http://apr.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-ala-abortion-clinic-law <p>A federal judge has blocked enforcement of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until Aug. 15 to allow time for both sides to file more legal arguments.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The new law was passed by the Legislature in its spring session. It requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval from a local hospital to admit patients.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The law was supposed to take effect July 1, but Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and others got U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson to delay it while the groups challenged in it court.<br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:40:27 +0000 The Associated Press 33843 at http://apr.org Federal Judge Blocks Ala. Abortion Clinic Law Judge Blocks Part Of New Ala. Abortion Law http://apr.org/post/judge-blocks-part-new-ala-abortion-law <p>A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday, siding with clinic operators that sued over the law.</p><p>Thompson says he needs time to review evidence, and temporarily prohibiting the law from taking effect protects the public from harm.</p><p>The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:57:05 +0000 The Associated Press 33207 at http://apr.org Judge Blocks Part Of New Ala. Abortion Law Judge to Rule on Alabama Abortion Clinic Law http://apr.org/post/judge-rule-alabama-abortion-clinic-law <p>A federal judge says he will decide Friday whether to temporarily block a new Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments from attorneys on both sides Thursday. He said he will decide Friday whether to issue a temporary restraining order because the law is supposed to go into effect Monday.<br> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:28:34 +0000 The Associated Press 33164 at http://apr.org Judge to Rule on Alabama Abortion Clinic Law Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law http://apr.org/post/groups-challenge-alabamas-new-abortion-clinic-law <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood have filed suit in federal court challenging a new Alabama law placing stricter regulations on abortion clinics.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The suit filed Tuesday in Montgomery says the regulations are medically unnecessary and would shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics.<br> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:32:16 +0000 The Associated Press 32195 at http://apr.org Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill http://apr.org/post/gov-robert-bentley-sign-abortion-bill <P>Alabama's governor says he plans to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards like Mississippi has done.</P> <P>Opponents say Alabama's legislation will be challenged in court like Mississippi's.</P> <P>The Republican-led House and Senate approved the bill Tuesday night, mostly along party lines. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:44:28 +0000 The Associated Press 27885 at http://apr.org Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill Rally Against Abortion Clinic Bill Draws 200 http://apr.org/post/rally-against-abortion-clinic-bill-draws-200 <P>A rally to defeat a bill that would impose restrictive rules for Alabama's abortion clinics drew advocates to the Statehouse steps on Tuesday.</P> <P>Organizers from Planned Parenthood and several Democratic legislators spoke to a crowd of about 200 people urging defeat of HB57. Several speakers asserted that by imposing more restrictions on women's health clinics, the legislature is attempting to limit access to constitutionally guaranteed abortion care.</P> <P>A handful of the bill's supporters waved signs and protested. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:17:52 +0000 The Associated Press 27819 at http://apr.org Rally Against Abortion Clinic Bill Draws 200 Alabama Legislature Back From Spring Break http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-back-spring-break <P>The Alabama Legislature is returning from its spring break and beginning the second half of its 2013 session.</P> <DIV> <P>The House Ways and Means-Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the state education budget for Tuesday morning. The House has a proposed work agenda Tuesday afternoon that includes a bill to legalize home brewing of beer and wine.</P> <P>Opponents of bills to restrict abortions plan a rally at the Statehouse Tuesday. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:55:13 +0000 The Associated Press 27771 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Back From Spring Break Alabama Committee Sets Vote on Abortion Rules http://apr.org/post/alabama-committee-sets-vote-abortion-rules <P>A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote in one week on a bill that would establish tighter regulations for abortion clinics.</P> <P>The Senate Health Committee heard public comments on the bill Wednesday and set a vote for next Wednesday.</P> <P>The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Pelham, has already cleared the House. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:58:12 +0000 The Associated Press 25786 at http://apr.org Alabama Committee Sets Vote on Abortion Rules House Passes Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules http://apr.org/post/house-passes-bill-stiffen-abortion-clinic-rules <DIV> <P>The Alabama House has passed legislation that would stiffen the requirements for abortion clinics in the state. Opponents of the bill said the tougher rules would force most abortion clinics to close.</P> <P>The bill would place requirements on the facilities such as requiring clinics to have wider hallways. The bill would require clinics to have a doctor available when an abortion is performed.</P> <P>The sponsor, Republican Rep. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:36:03 +0000 The Associated Press 25286 at http://apr.org House Passes Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules House Health Committee to Consider 2 Hot Issues http://apr.org/post/house-health-committee-consider-2-hot-issues <P>The Alabama House's Health Committee is scheduled to consider two controversial issues as the 2013 session cranks up..</P> <DIV> <P>The committee will on Wednesday consider a bill by Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Alabama. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:43:58 +0000 The Associated Press 24444 at http://apr.org House Health Committee to Consider 2 Hot Issues