A state court judge ruled from the bench Thursday the law, which bans the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester, should be blocked while a trial on its constitutionality proceeds.
The petition filed late Friday asks the Roberts Court to stay a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that requires all clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center provisions by July 1 or shut down.
Late Friday, the Fifth Circuit ruled it would not stay an order that could force all but nine clinics in the state to close.
Attorneys for the state argue its safe haven laws allow it to ban nearly all abortions prior to viability.
Monday’s refusal by the Roberts Court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that ruled the law violated the First Amendment rights of practitioners.
A lawsuit filed in state court challenges a Florida law that requires patients visit their doctor 24 hours before they can have an abortion.
The decision to uphold the ambulatory surgical center provisions of HB 2 seems designed to bait the Roberts Court to take on another major abortion case.
An Arkansas nurse has been criminally charged with performing an unlicensed abortion, a class D felony punishable with up to six years in prison and a fine as much as $10,000.
The federal lawsuit claims an Arizona requirement that mandates doctors tell patients both orally and in writing that medication abortions can be reversed is unconstitutional.
Reproductive rights advocates filed a lawsuit Monday in Kansas state court challenging a law that bans the most commonly used method of ending pregnancy in the second trimester.