Judge agrees to block new Mo. abortion law

Monday, August 27, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal judge Monday agreed to temporarily block enforcement of a new Missouri law aimed at increasing regulation of abortion clinics.

U.S. District Judge Otrie Smith granted a request from Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for a temporary injunction, saying he will hold a Sept. 10 hearing to determine whether to make the injuction permanent.

The new law, to take effect Tuesday, pulls more abortion clinics under the state's stricter requirements for surgical facilities.

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