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Fri Apr 13, 2018, 06:33 PM

Enforcement of Kentucky abortion law suspended pending ruling

Source: Reuters

HEALTH NEWS APRIL 13, 2018 / 3:46 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Enforcement of Kentucky abortion law suspended pending ruling

Ian Simpson
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(Reuters) - Kentucky state officials have agreed to hold off enforcing a new law that bans a common abortion procedure from the 11th week of pregnancy until a federal judge rules on a request by a civil liberties group challenging it, according to court papers.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued this week in U.S. District Court in Louisville on behalf of Kentucky’s sole abortion provider to halt enforcement of the law restricting abortion access.

State officials, including Attorney General Andrew Beshear, agreed not to enforce the new until a judge rules on the ACLU’s request for a temporary order stopping enforcement, according to a consent order filed late on Thursday.

A hearing is set for June 5 before U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr.

ACLU lawyer Andrew Beck said that the order brought relief to women who have had appointments canceled and care delayed under the law.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kentucky-abortion/enforcement-of-kentucky-abortion-law-suspended-pending-ruling-idUSKBN1HK2Q0

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