ACLU: judge temporarily blocks new Kentucky abortion ban

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the ACLU, a judge has granted its request to temporarily block Senate Bill 9, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Court documents provided by the ACLU show U.S. District Court Judge David J. Hale granted a temporary restraining order, in part, because the plaintiffs have a good chance of success in their legal battle and patients’ rights would be harmed.

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The order went into effect at 7:40 p.m. March 15, 2019 and is set to expire 14 days later.

Governor Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 9 into law March 15, 2019. The bill had an emergency clause, meaning it became law as soon as the Governor signed it. It passed the Legislature the night before. Just minutes after it did, the ACLU announced on Twitter it would challenge the bill.

The ACLU also requested a temporary restraining order for House Bill 5, which the Legislature passed on March 14, 2019. The Governor hasn’t signed it yet.

It would ban abortions based on the baby’s gender, disability, and race.

The Governor tweeted a video Friday night in reaction that included an excerpt from “School House Rock”.

He wrote, “We realize the is eager to attack a KY bill protecting unborn children from being killed on the basis of race, gender, or disability… But maybe they should have waited to file their legal challenge until AFTER HB 5 is actually signed into LAW…?”

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