Reproductive rights advocates filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday to prevent the sole licensed abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa from being forced to shut down by what advocates describe as an unnecessary state regulation.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson didn’t just block an Alabama admitting privileges requirement. He also made a powerful case for how targeted regulations of abortion providers further stigmatize abortion providers and patients.
The ruling did not block the law permanently; it extends a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect.
The decision by the Fifth Circuit to uphold the admitting privileges requirement in Texas’ HB 2 shouldn’t carry any weight in Alabama. But it does.
Reproductive health-care advocates challenging the Alabama TRAP law plan to present evidence that the legislation, if enacted, threatens to end abortion at three of the five clinics in the state.
A federal court is considering whether to permanently block the state’s requirement that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Clinics may close because of a TRAP law in the state, but employers won’t be able to block birth control coverage.
The governor has signed HB 57 into law, but women’s health and rights groups vow to challenge it in court.
As HB 57 gets signed into law, the clock starts ticking on the fate of every clinic in Alabama.
The state legislature waited for activists to leave the Capitol, then voted through a bill that may close all abortion clinics in the state.