Judge blocks Louisiana abortion law

Judge blocks Louisiana abortion law
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A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's tough new abortion law shortly before it was to take effect on Monday. The law will technically remain on the books for now, but doctors can't be penalized for violating it until a court challenge is resolved.

The law requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Opponents say it will force all five of the state's abortion clinics to close.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.