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Alabama | In the News

Abortion-Rights Opponents Push Bill To Close Sole North Ala. Clinic
A group of abortion-rights opponents in Huntsville, Ala., aims to close North Alabama's only abortion clinic through legislative efforts after a judge dismissed the group's lawsuit against the clinic, the Huntsville Times reports.

Judge Discredits Testimony From Expert Witnesses Who Backed Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Law
A U.S. District Court judge in an order filed Oct. 20 strongly criticized the validity of statements from two expert witnesses who testified in support of an Alabama antiabortion-rights law, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Two Alabama Abortion Clinics Reopen; Lawsuit Will Determine Future Access
Two Alabama abortion clinics have reopened after closing earlier this year, but a lawsuit in federal court will determine whether one of them, as well as two others, will have to close, the AP/UT-San Diego reports.

States Continue To Limit Abortion Access, Despite Public Support for Abortion Rights
Although a majority of U.S. residents still support abortion rights, states across the country over the past four years have succeeded in enacting legislation that could drastically diminish abortion access for millions of women if allowed to stand, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Changes to Ala. Parental Involvement Requirements
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law (HB 494) that modifies parental involvement requirements for minors seeking abortions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Alabama | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Alabama.

Reproductive Health Services v. Strange
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law that expands the state's judicial bypass provisions of the existing parental notification law.

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law, which would take effect on July 1, 2013, that requires all physicians who perform abortions to have staff privileges at a local hospital.

Alabama | More Information

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