Alabama abortion clinics bill

Abortion Suit
5:24 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Judge Delays Part Of Ala. Abortion Law Until March

A judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

A federal judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
7:15 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ala. Governor Out as Defendant in Abortion Suit

Governor Robert Bentley is out as a defendent in a lawsuit challening Alabama's abortion law.
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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.

   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.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Federal Judge Blocks Ala. Abortion Clinic Law

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson is blocking enforcement of Alabama's new abortion clinics law until August 15.
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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.

   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.

   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.

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Abortion Suit
4:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Blocks Part Of New Ala. Abortion Law

A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect. The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday, siding with clinic operators that sued over the law.

Thompson says he needs time to review evidence, and temporarily prohibiting the law from taking effect protects the public from harm.

The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge to Rule on Alabama Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol earlier this month drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett / al.com

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.

   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.

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Politics & Government
6:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Groups Challenge Alabama's New Abortion Clinic Law

A rally at the capitol today drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Julie Bennett / al.com

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.

   The suit filed Tuesday in Montgomery says the regulations are medically unnecessary and would shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics.

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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.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

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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Abortion Rally
5:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Rally Against Abortion Clinic Bill Draws 200

A rally at the capitol today drew both protestors and supporters of an abortion clinic regulation bill.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

A rally to defeat a bill that would impose restrictive rules for Alabama's abortion clinics drew advocates to the Statehouse steps on Tuesday.


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.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:55 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Alabama Legislature Back From Spring Break

The Alabama Legislature is returning from its spring break and beginning the second half of its 2013 session.

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.

Abortion Clinic Bill
6:58 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Alabama Committee Sets Vote on Abortion Rules

State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin sponsors legislation that would establish tighter regulations for abortion clinics in the state.
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A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote in one week on a bill that would establish tighter regulations for abortion clinics.


The Senate Health Committee heard public comments on the bill Wednesday and set a vote for next Wednesday.


The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Pelham, has already cleared the House. A favorable vote by the Senate committee would send the bill to the full Senate for a final vote.


Under the bill, doctors who perform abortions would be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Abortion Legislation
6:36 am
Wed February 20, 2013

House Passes Bill to Stiffen Abortion Clinic Rules

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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.


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.

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Alabama House Health Committee
5:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

House Health Committee to Consider 2 Hot Issues

Rep. Patricia Todd is sponsoring legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Alabama.
gaypolitics.com

The Alabama House's Health Committee is scheduled to consider two controversial issues as the 2013 session cranks up..

The committee will on Wednesday consider a bill by Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in Alabama. The bill is the first item on the House Health Committee agenda on the first committee meeting day during the 2013 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.


The Health Committee is scheduled to meet at the conclusion of the House session, probably about 9:30 a.m.

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