MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CBSDFW/AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked an Alabama law, similar to a Texas law that would have banned a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure.
The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s decision that the ban would cause Alabama women to lose access to abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.READ MORE: North Texas Seeing Plenty Of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply With No Wait Lists
The 2016 law banned the procedure known as dilation and evacuation abortions, in which the fetus is removed in pieces with forceps. Abortion clinic owners and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law in federal court.READ MORE: 'Nobody Should Get Away With Murder': Family Continues Search For Answers After Father Killed In Suspected Road Rage Shooting In Dallas
Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said the ruling means Alabama politicians can’t put an “ideological agenda” over a woman’s heath and decision-making.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Courts have also blocked similar laws in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.