Miss. Abortion Law Blocked

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of a new state law that bans second-trimester abortions except at an outpatient clinic or hospital.

The law took effect Thursday. Jackson Women's Health Organization filed the suit in federal court in Jackson.

U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee scheduled a hearing for July 16 to determine whether to make the temporary injunction permanent.

The new law says abortions must be performed in a licensed. The new law says abortions must be performed in a licensed ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital rather than an abortion clinic, starting at 13 weeks' gestation.

Previously, abortions were allowed at abortion clinics up to 16 weeks' gestation.

The clinic wants the law declared unconstitutional. State Department of Health officials had no comment today on the ruling.

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