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Federal Judge issues preliminary injunction blocking Alabama pro-life law

by | Oct 30, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who has thwarted many pro-life laws over the years, issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking Alabama from enforcing State House Bill 314 which bans abortions in nearly all circumstances. The law was set to go into effect November 15. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU challenged the law back in May.

In the conclusion to his 17-page order, Judge Thompson wrote of the 2019 law, “Alabama’s abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make ‘choices central to personal dignity and autonomy.’ It diminishes ‘the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions.’ It defies the United States Constitution” [https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/alabama_pi.pdf].

Alabama State Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the Human Life Protection Act, told the AP, “[T]oday’s ruling is merely the first of many steps on that legal journey,” adding, “I remain confident that our mission will be successful and appreciate the support of millions of citizens who support our effort to preserve unborn life.”

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