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Abortion Trial
4:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Judge Sets Trial Over Alabama Abortion Law

A federal judge has set a May 19 trial date for a lawsuit challenging a new Alabama abortion law.

A federal judge has set a May 19 trial date for a lawsuit challenging a new Alabama abortion law.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will hold a non-jury trial concerning an Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. Three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics challenged the law on grounds it would force them to close.

The judge has ruled the trial will focus on one issue: whether the law violates the due process right of women seeking abortion by creating substantial obstacles.

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Politics & Government
6:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ruling on Abortion Suit Delayed

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A federal judge is delaying enforcement of an Alabama law regulating abortion clinics for one more week while he tries to rule on a lawsuit challenging the law.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson had planned to rule on the lawsuit by Monday. But he issued an order extending a prohibition against enforcing the law through April 2 to give him more time to rule.

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Abortion
4:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law

The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.
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The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.

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.

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Politics & Government
8:40 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

House Passes Slate of Abortion Measures

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—Approved a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Goes to Senate. (see below for more)

—Approved a bill to require women seeking an abortion because of lethal fetal anomalies to be advised about the availability of perinatal hospice services. Goes to Senate.

— Approved a bill to extend the waiting period before abortions from 24 to 48 hours. Goes to Senate. (see below for more)

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Alabama Abortion Rules
3:58 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Abortion Foes Seek Tighter Rules On Doctors

Abortion opponents are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama.
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Abortion opponents are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama.

The state health agency held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed rule that would drastically reduce the number of abortions a physician's office can perform without being considered an abortion clinic. Such a designation increases state oversight.

Activists told a hearing officer they want even tighter regulations, with doctor's offices unable to perform any abortions without being considered a clinic. They say that would help protect women.

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Abortion Bill
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill

Governor Robert Bentley is expected to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards Thursday.
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Alabama's governor says he plans to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards like Mississippi has done.


Opponents say Alabama's legislation will be challenged in court like Mississippi's.


The Republican-led House and Senate approved the bill Tuesday night, mostly along party lines. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley. He said Thursday he plans to sign it after his lawyers make sure there have been no unanticipated changes from the bill he endorsed early in the legislative session.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:48 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress

It's not just states where abortion is heating up as an issue this election year. Congress is getting back into the fray, too.

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