Alabama abortion bill http://apr.org en Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law http://apr.org/post/judge-hold-trial-alabama-abortion-law <p></p><p>A federal judge says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the trial will address one issue: whether the law violates the due process rights of women seeking abortion. The judge set aside all other issues raised by the clinics that sued over the law and by the state officials named as defendants.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:11:40 +0000 The Associated Press 49369 at http://apr.org Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law 48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law http://apr.org/post/48-hour-wait-abortion-closer-being-ala-law <p></p><p>The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.</p><p>The Senate Health Committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that extends the waiting time from 24 hours to 48 hours after a woman receives information from an abortion clinic about the procedure and associated risks. Republicans senators cast the yes votes, and Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley cast the lone nay vote.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:05:55 +0000 The Associated Press 48300 at http://apr.org 48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law Alabama Committee Approves Fetal Heartbeat Bill http://apr.org/post/alabama-committee-approves-fetal-heartbeat-bill <p>An Alabama legislative committee has voted to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected -- something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.</p><p>The House Health Committee approved the fetal heartbeat bill Tuesday. Both sides of the abortion debate agree the proposal would ban most abortions if it becomes law. They also agreed the proposal will be destined for a court fight if given final approval.</p><p>North Dakota approved similar legislation, but a federal judge put the law on hold while a legal challenge plays out in court.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:24:54 +0000 The Associated Press 47450 at http://apr.org Alabama Committee Approves Fetal Heartbeat Bill State Of Ala. Trying Again To Shutdown Abortion Clinic http://apr.org/post/state-ala-trying-again-shutdown-abortion-clinic <p></p><p>Alabama health regulators have tried since 2012 to close an abortion clinic that was cited for rampant health violations.</p><p>Now, a judge has set a hearing for Monday on whether the facility can remain open.</p><p>Officials say a woman with deep ties to abortion clinics, Diane Derzis, is playing a legal shell to keep the center open.</p><p>Derzis and an associate own the Birmingham building. They agreed last year to surrender their license after being cited for violations including inadequate patient care.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 19:29:47 +0000 The Associated Press 35387 at http://apr.org State Of Ala. Trying Again To Shutdown Abortion Clinic 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 Alabama Abortion Law Enforcement To Get Delayed http://apr.org/post/alabama-abortion-law-enforcement-get-delayed <p>Alabama's new law setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors likely won't be enforced this year.</p><p>ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending the law told a federal judge Friday that they want the law kept on hold until March 24, 2014, while they develop their cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson indicated he would go along with the timeline proposed by both sides.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:41:17 +0000 The Associated Press 34504 at http://apr.org Alabama Abortion Law Enforcement To Get Delayed Ala. Governor Signs Abortion Clinic Regulations http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-signs-abortion-clinic-regulations <P>Alabama's governor has signed into law stricter abortion clinic regulations.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley signed the bill Tuesday at the Capitol while surrounded by legislators who supported it.</P> <P>The new law requires clinics to use doctors who have approval to admit patients to local hospitals. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:32:16 +0000 The Associated Press 28168 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Signs Abortion Clinic Regulations Governor Bentley Endorses Abortion Clinic Regulations http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-endorses-abortion-clinic-regulations <P>Alabama's governor says he will sign tougher abortion clinic regulations if the state Senate approves them.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley spoke Tuesday at a rally organized by abortion opponents in Montgomery. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard also attended the rally.</P> <P>The clinic regulatory bill has passed the House and is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the Senate Health Committee. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:42:18 +0000 The Associated Press 26150 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Endorses Abortion Clinic Regulations 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 Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules Passes Panel http://apr.org/post/bill-stiffen-abortion-clinic-rules-passes-panel <P>An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would stiffen the requirements for abortion clinics in the state.</P> <P>The bill would place requirements on the facilities like requiring them to have wider hallways and would require clinics to have a doctor available when an abortion is performed.</P> <P>The sponsor, Republican Rep. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:42:52 +0000 The Associated Press 24516 at http://apr.org Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules Passes Panel