Court has until Aug. 5 to respond in abortion lawsuit

Court has until Aug. 5 to respond in abortion lawsuit
Montgomery's federal courthouse (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has until Aug. 5 to respond to a request to block the state's near-total abortion ban from taking effect this fall.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday set the deadline for the state to respond to a request for a preliminary injunction that would block the ban from taking effect in November.

The Alabama law makes performing an abortion a felony in most cases. Abortion providers challenged it as unconstitutional.

However, the state indicated it would agree to a temporary restraining order to let the court case play out if needed.

A joint court submission filed Monday said both sides would agree to a temporary restraining order until May 24, 2020, if it’s not possible to resolve the case before November.