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"The high court didn't rule on the merits of the law, just on whether to lift an injunction which is something it rarely does."
Opponents of Alabama's law, who argue that the admitting privileges requirement could cause clinics to shut down thereby restricting access to the procedure for women in the state, were happy with the Supreme Court's decision.
Susan Watson with ACLU Alabama said, "We thought it was really great and it's going to be interesting to see how it comes out in the Seventh Circuit in Wisconsin and we hope that will bode well for us in the Eleventh Circuit here in Alabama."
The admitting privileges requirement has been billed as a women's safety measure. Supporters of the requirement argue that it's common sense that women receive potential emergency care from the doctor who conducted the abortion, rather than by an emergency room physician. During Alabama's trial the state conceded that abortion is an extremely safe procedure with fewer than ten total documented complications last year alone statewide. Attorneys for the state argued that it's essential that women have a continuity of care that includes their abortion doctor in the event of complications.
Similar laws have been peddled in other Republican-controlled states including Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. As a matter of fact, the Fifth Circuit in Texas has already upheld a wide ranging Texas abortion law that included the admitting privileges requirement.
Brasher with the Attorney General's Office said, "That's really the case we're looking at because the law was deemed constitutional on its merits."
Federal Judge Myron Thompson heard arguments in Alabama's case and said he would rule at some point in the month of July.
Thursday, August 28 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:34:41 GMT
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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