A federal court has extended the prohibition on Kentucky’s abortion law
Because the state’s two abortion clinics claim they can’t meet the law’s standards, a federal court in Kentucky has prolonged a temporary stay on its implementation, effectively putting a halt to the practise.
According to U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings, the clinics will have extra time to make their case against the new law. After the current restraining order expires on Thursday, Jennings extends it until May 19. The statute, Jennings said, would go into force even if the two clinics and the state authorities disagreed with some elements of it.
“I think there are pieces of this legislation that can be complied with right now,” Jennings added. This week, the court intends to issue an order defining those boundaries.
Monday, lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the EMW Women’s Surgical Center appeared in court seeking a preliminary injunction against the measure, which would prolong a ban on abortions.
During the four-hour hearing in Louisville’s federal courthouse, attorneys representing the clinics went over their objections to Kentucky’s new law line-by-line. Daniel Cameron’s attorney general’s office argued throughout the hearing that it is necessary for the clinics to explain why they cannot comply with the new rule.
The prime minister stated in a prepared statement on Monday that “we maintain that there is no reason this law should be stopped from taking effect.
Because the legislation is so intricate, lawyers representing clinics said, there is no set of rules for them to follow.
Planning Parenthood attorney Julie Murray said after the hearing that she hoped the court would take into account what she had heard and not allow the state to impose these unworkable rules on abortion clinics in Kentucky.
Despite Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto, the Republican-led legislature in Kentucky enacted the new legislation in March. After Jennings temporarily suspended the legislation in month, both facilities resumed abortion services.
Pregnant women must be checked by a doctor before being given abortion drugs under the new rule. Among the new limits and reporting requirements are fines, criminal penalties, and the termination of physician and facility licences for noncompliance, as well as penalties for noncompliance.