A U.S. district judge has blocked a new state law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.
Judge William Conley’s order on Friday will prevent the law from taking effect until after a trial, scheduled for Nov. 25, comes to an end.
Two organizations, Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services, are challenging the law, saying it would force some clinics to close, lessening the availability of legal abortions.
Those who support the law say hospital admitting privileges are needed, in the event a woman seeking an abortion develops complications.
Last month, the judge put a temporary hold on the law.