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: Friends, Family Mourning Loss Of Rowlett Police Officer Darsel "Dee" Moore
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: Dallas Police Senior Corporal Arnulfo Pargas Dies From COVID-19
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: 83-Year-Old Irving Man Dies From West Nile Virus
Courts have also blocked similar laws in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.