Federal judge temporary halts Kentucky’s 15-week abortion ban

Federal judge temporary halts Kentucky’s 15-week abortion ban

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A federal judge has halted Kentucky’s 15-week abortion ban — at least for now. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings — a Trump appointee — blocked the law from taking effect for the next two weeks, after Kentucky’s two remaining abortion providers said the law’s provisions prevented them from continuing abortion care.

Both clinics now plan to resume offering abortions. Kentucky Republicans passed the bill in March, before overriding a veto by Democratic Governor Andy Beshear last week.

This comes as the Supreme Court is weighing Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in a case that could overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide.

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