Judge extends temporary ban on 2 new Kentucky abortion laws


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge has extended a temporary order preventing two new Kentucky abortion laws from taking effect while the court determines their constitutionality.

The Courier Journal reports U.S. District Judge David Hale extended the order Wednesday.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the laws, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is defending them.

One of the laws bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy. The other bans abortion because of gender, race or disability of a fetus.

The bills were passed this month by the Republican-controlled General Assembly and signed by Bevin, an anti-abortion Republican.

ACLU lawyers called the suspension of the laws a victory for women seeking abortions. State officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.