U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings has extended the temporary restraining order issued last Thursday on the enforcement of House Bill 3 until May 19, accepting the argument from the state’s two abortion clinics who said they can’t comply with all its requirements. She said the decision to extend the TRO is not a ruling on the constitutionality of HB3. Judge Jennings will consider that issue at a later date.
According to the AP’s Dylan Lovan, “Jennings said, however, some parts of the law not in dispute by the two clinics and state officials would go into effect. ‘I think there are pieces of this legislation that can be complied with right now,’ Jennings said.” She did not elaborate. The judge is planning an order on those parameters this week.”
Lovan noted that “Lawyers with Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office, which is defending the new law, argued throughout the hearing that the clinics need to provide facts on why they can’t comply with the law.”
HB3 is a multi-faceted pro-life bill that includes a ban on abortions performed after the 15th week. HB also “imposes limits on medication abortion, requiring abortion providers to be certified by the state pharmacy board and outlawing telemedicine for abortion pills,” the Washington Post’s Caroline Kitchener reported. “It also requires the cremation or burial of fetal remains and bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.”
In a hearing Monday, lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the EMW Women’s Surgical Center asked Judge Jennings for a preliminary injunction on the law, which would be an extended ban.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a statement Monday that “We maintain that there is no reason this law should be stopped from taking effect. The abortion clinics have argued that they cannot comply with any of the law until new reporting forms are created. While we disagree, there is a simple solution. We are hopeful that Governor Beshear and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will promptly complete the forms.”
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.
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