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Judge Reinstates North Carolina’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

Demonstrators march against the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health case, in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 24.
Demonstrators march against the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health case, in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 24.Photographer: Allison Joyce/Getty Images
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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) -- Abortions in North Carolina are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, eroding protections in one of the South’s few remaining safe havens for reproductive freedom.

U.S. District Judge William Osteen reinstated an unenforced 20-week abortion ban, with exceptions for urgent medical emergencies, after he said the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade erased the legal foundation for his 2019 ruling that placed an injunction on the 1973 state law.