US judge blocks Alabama’s near-total abortion ban

Miami (AFP) – A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a strict abortion ban in Alabama which would likely punish doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing the procedure.

The ban was set to go into effect November 15 although US District Judge Myron Thompson granted an injunction pending resolution of a lawsuit which argues the law will be unconstitutional.

“The plaintiffs have shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claim,” Thompson said.

“Enforcement of the ban would likely yield serious along with irreparable harm, violating the right to privacy along with preventing women coming from obtaining abortions in Alabama,” he said.

The law equates abortion to homicide along with bans the idea in nearly all cases, including rape or incest, along with at all stages of pregnancy.

The only exceptions under the law would likely be in cases which present “serious health risks” to the woman or in which a fetus will be deemed not to be viable.

Under the law, the penalty for performing an abortion in all some other cases will be up to 99 years in prison.

Planned Parenthood, one of the plaintiffs inside the case, said the law would likely deny access to abortion for nearly one million women inside the southern state.

The ban was passed in May on a party line vote by the Republican-dominated state legislature.

A key objective of its sponsors will be to force the issue before the US Supreme Court.

Anti-abortion advocates are banking which the court, which has a conservative majority reinforced by two appointments by President Donald Trump, will be more likely to overturn its 1973 ruling which legalized abortion throughout the country.

,, 29 October 2019 | 6:40 pm

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