Clinics ask judge to block Alabama abortion restrictions


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for abortion providers have asked a federal judge to block new Alabama laws that ban abortion clinics near schools as well as the procedure most commonly used in the second trimester.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson scheduled a Monday telephone conference on the request for a temporary restraining order. The laws, unless blocked by the court, will go into effect Aug. 1.

Alabama lawmakers approved legislation banning abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a K-8 public school. They also banned an abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the restrictions as an undue burden on abortion access.

The group says the location restriction would close two of the state’s busiest abortion clinics, while the procedure ban would severely curtail second-trimester abortion access in Alabama.

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