Judge agrees to block new Mo. abortion law

9 years 8 months 4 hours ago August 28, 2007 Aug 28, 2007 Tuesday, August 28 2007 Tuesday, August 28, 2007 4:29:03 AM CDT in News
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal judge has agreed to temporarily block enforcement of a new Missouri law aimed at increasing regulation of abortion clinics. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith granted a request from Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for a temporary injunction. Planned Parenthood says the law would infringe on abortion rights because it would have to halt abortions at its Columbia and Kansas City offices. Missouri already requires abortion facilities to be licensed, but the current definition of an abortion facility applies to only one Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. The new law was to take effect today. The judge says he will hold a hearing September 10th to decide whether to make the injunction permanent.

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