Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Could Protect Alabama Clinics

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down abortion clinic regulations in Texas likely means the end of a similar law in Alabama.

Justices in a 5-3 decision Monday overturned a Texas law requiring admitting hospital privileges for abortion doctors and requiring surgical-like settings at clinics

Alabama legislators in 2013 passed a similar law. A federal judge in Alabama ruled the admitting privilege requirement was unconstitutional.

Today, Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange announced they would be dismissing Alabama’s appeal of the 2014 ruling.

Strange added in a press release, “While I disagree with the high court’s decision, there is no good faith argument that Alabama’s law remains constitutional in light of the Supreme Court ruling.”

Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, called the Supreme Court decision a victory for women and abortion access.

Watson said she hoped the state’s attorney general office would abandon the effort to appeal the Alabama case.

If the admitting privilege requirement was enforced, as many as four of the state’s five abortion clinics would close.

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