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Judge Issues Injunction On Enforcement Of Abortion Law

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:32:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of a new abortion law that could force two clinics to close.

According to reports, U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp ordered the injunction Thursday. It applied to only Davidson and Sullivan counties. It barred their district attorneys from enforcing a law requiring abortion clinics to meet strict new standards.

Those two counties have been where clinics faced possible closure over the law. The clinics' attorneys claimed the state did not grant their clients enough time to meet the standards.

On Monday, Sharp lifted a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of the law, but he issued the injunction after district attorneys declined to submit statements saying they would not enforce it.

The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of three Tennessee abortion laws. 

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