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Judge: Alabama can't prohibit abortion during pandemic

5 months 1 week 3 days ago Sunday, April 12 2020 Apr 12, 2020 April 12, 2020 7:35 PM April 12, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge ruled that Alabama cannot ban abortions as part of the state’s response to coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Sunday issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the state from forbidding abortions as part of a ban on elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompson says abortion providers can decide whether a procedure can wait. The ruling was a victory for abortion rights advocates who are fighting efforts in Texas, Ohio, Alabama and other states to prohibit abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawyer for clinics said it will ensure abortion remains available in Alabama.

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