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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama-based abortion rights group received a flood of donations after state lawmakers in 2019 attempted to outlaw abortion. 

The group used the money to purchase the state’s busiest abortion clinic to ensure it stays open when then owner retires.


As reproductive rights activists warn that some patients seeking abortions are being turned away, a federal court has ruled that an order suspending abortions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic can stand - at least for now.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law, which would have called for a sentence of 10 years to life in prison for the abortion provider with no exceptions for rape or incest.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama is responsible for the plaintiffs' legal fees after the law was ruled unconstitutional.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama says U.S. Supreme Court precedent "regrettably requires" a federal judge to block the state's abortion ban from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out in court.

Attorney General Steve Marshall's office in a Monday court filing responded to abortion clinics' request for a preliminary injunction against the ban.

The state said a judge is "for now" bound by Supreme Court rulings, such as Roe. v. Wade, which require the injunction be granted. Alabama called those "tragically wrong" decisions.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama might have to pay more than $1 million to lawyers for abortion clinics after the state's unsuccessful attempt to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure.

In a court filing last week, lawyers for abortion clinics said they will seek to recoup $1 million in legal fees and nearly $24,000 in expenses. Alabama is responsible for the plaintiffs' fees after federal courts ruled the law unconstitutional.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — In a case that spotlights Alabama's state policy recognizing "the rights of unborn children," a judge is deciding whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of an aborted embryo against the clinic where his ex-girlfriend obtained an abortion.

WHNT-TV reports Madison County District Judge Chris Comer heard arguments in Ryan Magers' lawsuit during a hearing Wednesday but did not rule.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama indicated in a court filing that it might agree to keep the state's new abortion ban on hold until 2020 to let a legal challenge play out in court.

The law set to take effect in November would make performing an abortion a felony in most cases. Abortion providers have filed a lawsuit arguing the ban is unconstitutional.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't revive Alabama's ban on the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions. The measure has been blocked by lower courts.

The justices on Friday rejected the state's appeal in which it sought to enforce a law enacted in 2016 that bans the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall calls the procedure "dismemberment abortion."

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials have released a selection of emails to back up their contention that their decision to return a record $26.5 million donation had nothing to do with the donor's highly publicized call for a boycott in response to the state's new, near-total abortion ban.

Instead, the emails suggest the relationship between the university and Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. had already soured before he called the boycott, and the university was already moving to return his record donation before he spoke out.

UA approves return of Culverhouse gift

Jun 7, 2019

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- The University of Alabama has approved the return of the largest donation ever given to the school.

The Board of Trustees agreed to return a $21.5 million gift to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. at a meeting on Friday. The decision was also made to rename the law school and take Culverhouse's name off of it. 

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Russian protest band Pussy Riot is planning a concert in Alabama to benefit Planned Parenthood after the state passed the nation's toughest anti-abortion law.

Al.com reports that the feminist band is set to perform July 11 at a music venue in Birmingham.

The latest fallout related to Alabama’s new abortion law could occur this week in Tuscaloosa.

The University of Alabama's board of trustees will consider whether to return a record $21.5M gift. The donor encouraged students to boycott the university following passage of Alabama’s controversial abortion law that makes performing an abortion a felony in virtually all cases.

The legal battle over the Alabama’s abortion ban officially got underway last week. Both the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and Planned Parenthood Southeast filed suit on behalf of the state’s three abortion clinics. They say the new law is blatantly unconstitutional. But lawmakers say that was the plan all along.

APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on what’s next for Alabama’s controversial abortion ban.

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The University of Alabama's Board of Trustees may vote next week to return a record donation to South Florida attorney Hugh Culverhouse, Junior.

A University of Alabama System statement said Chancellor Finis E. St. John is recommending the board return the $21,500,000, and remove Culverhouse's name from the UA School of Law. That vote could occur during the trustees next meeting in Tuscaloosa on June 6 and 7.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A top donor to the University of Alabama says students should boycott enrolling at the school in response to the state's newly approved abortion ban.

Hugh Culverhouse Jr. has donated more than $30 million to the university. He said Wednesday that he doesn't want students who go to the school to become "trapped" under what he calls a morally and constitutionally wrong law.

The university renamed its law school in his honor last September after he pledged a record-setting donation.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's comptroller says he's urging the state's pension system to divest itself from Alabama-based companies due to the state's strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Comptroller Peter Franchot said the law was "a malicious assault on the rights and protections of women everywhere."

Franchot, a Democrat elected in a statewide vote, is the vice chairman of Maryland's State Retirement and Pension System. He says he's asking the system to undertake a review of all relationships the system has with businesses in Alabama.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.

The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk.

Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest. The amendment was voted down 21-11, with four Republicans joining Democrats.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday evening on a proposal to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, a hardline measure that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

The bill before the GOP-dominated Alabama Senate would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony. The only exception would be for when the woman's health is at serious risk.

"Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person," said Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers postponed a vote on a proposed abortion ban after anger erupted in the state Senate when some Republicans stripped exceptions for rape and incest from the bill.

The Alabama Senate on Thursday delayed debate until next week. Democrats and some Republicans objected to the exceptions being removed without a roll call vote. Upset senators began shouting in the chamber.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh suggested lawmakers go home for the weekend and resume debate Tuesday.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday advanced one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions.

The House Health Committee voted to send the bill to the House of Representatives floor. The vote came after a sometimes emotional public hearing as women on both sides described their past decisions with abortion and opponents protested outside the Statehouse.