MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Tue, 22 Oct 2019 00:12:43 +0000 Federal lawsuit filed to block Ala. abortion ban http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/9b18074fce3d47708f040907f9d35df9 Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state. (May 24) 9b18074fce3d47708f040907f9d35df9 Fri, 24 May 2019 22:25:49 +0000 RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLYHuntsville, Alabama - 17 May 20191. Cutaways of abortion-rights workers ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLYMontgomery, Alabama – 24 May 2019++PARTIALLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Randall Marshall, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama:"The lawsuit is the challenge to Alabama extreme restriction on the right of access to abortion in the state."++SEPARATED BY TRANSITION++++PARTIALLY COVERED++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Randall Marshall, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama:"Well this law was designed as an unconstitutional law. The sponsors admitted that it's unconstitutional. The governor admitted that it was unconstitutional. Their sole hope is to get back to the U.S. Supreme Court on the hope that the change in its makeup will undo the last 40 plus years of established precedent." ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLYHuntsville, Alabama - 17 May 20194. Various of inside clinic ++PARTIALLY COVERED++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yashica Robinson, Alabama's Women's Center:"They've seen the doors of clinic close and we're one of only three left in the whole state. So, this law passing, of course we have patients calling in and they are very scared." ASSOCIATED PRESS – AP CLIENTS ONLYHuntsville, Alabama - 17 May 20196 . Exterior of Alabama Women's Center STORYLINE: A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to overturn the Alabama law that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. "The lawsuit is the challenge to Alabama extreme restriction on the right of access to abortion in the state," said Randall Marshall, Executive Director of American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. The law is set to take effect in November unless blocked by a judge. "For over 46 years — since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — U.S. law has recognized the fundamental constitutional right to make the profoundly important and personal decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy," the lawsuit reads. The plaintiffs in the case are the three Alabama clinics that perform abortions, Planned Parenthood and Dr. Yashica Robinson, an obstetrician who also provides abortions at the Alabama Women's Center in Huntsville. Robinson told The Associated Press last week the Alabama law has confused and scared patients, with some wrongly thinking abortion was already illegal. She said the law "further shames" women seeking abortions and "punishes providers like myself and stigmatizes essential health care." "So, this has been pretty frightening to them. They've seen the doors of clinic close and we're one of only three left in the whole state. So, this law passing, of course we have patients calling in and they are very scared," she said. Emboldened by new conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court, Alabama is part of a wave of conservative states seeking to mount new legal challenges to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. None of the laws has taken effect and all are expected to be blocked by the courts as the legal challenges play out with an ultimate eye on the Supreme Court. =========================================================== Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state. (May 24) Federal lawsuit filed to block Ala. abortion ban