MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican leaders in the Alabama Legislature say they’ll continue the fight over abortion despite a federal judge’s ruling against a GOP-backed law.
House Speaker Mike Hubbard calls the decision released Monday a “hurdle” in the race to make sure that abortion is safe.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey says the health of women should be the main concern, but the judge’s ruling apparently means it’s not.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson struck down a Republican-backed state law requiring that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges in hospitals.
Thompson says the law is unconstitutional because it would restrict women’s rights by forcing three of the state’s five clinics to close.
Attorney General Luther Strange says he will appeal.
Planned Parenthood says the decision means Alabama will have continued access to safe abortions.