Federal judge blocks Alabama’s tough abortion law

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s tough abortion law
Alabama abortion providers, including Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, sued to stop the law from going into effect next month. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law, which would have called for a sentence of 10 years to life in prison for the abortion provider.

Alabama legislators approved the measure this year, hoping to mount a court challenge to abortion rights. Abortion providers sued to stop the law from going into effect next month.