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Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley

Challenge to an Alabama law, which would have taken effect on July 1, 2013, that requires all physicians who perform abortions to have staff privileges at a local hospital. The plaintiffs are the only licensed facilities in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Mobile. In June 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. On July 23, 2013, the district court judge extended a temporary restraining order blocking the admitting privileges provision until March 24, 2014. Both parties filed summary judgment motions asking the court to rule on the case based on legal arguments rather than at trial. Current Status: The judge determined that a genuine dispute of material facts exists and ordered the case to go to trial on May 19, 2014. The temporary restraining order was extended until a final judgment is rendered. (See the Alabama law here. See the complaint here. See the motion here. See the first temporary restraining order here. See the second temporary restraining order here. See the opinion denying summary judgment here. Learn more about the case here.)