Alabama Governor Opposes Stay of Law on Abortion Doctors

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley opposed delaying a state law from taking effect July 1 that will make it a crime to have abortions performed by doctors who don’t have staff privileges at local hospitals.

The three abortion clinics that sued, out of a total of five in the state, are unlikely to succeed on their claim that the law is unconstitutional, Bentley said in his opposition to the three clinics’ request for a temporary restraining order filed today in federal court in Montgomery.

The request “is emphatically not an attempt to protect their patients’ rights,” Bentley said. “It is instead their attempt to freeze, in constitutional amber, the particular way they are currently doing business.”

Bentley, a Republican, signed the measure, the Women’s Health and Safety Act, into law on April 9. He said the other two clinics that didn’t sue were providing more abortions than the three that did and were already using doctors with hospital-admitting privileges.

The case is Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc. v. Bentley, 13-cv-00405, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in the Los Angeles federal court house at +1- epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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