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A federal judge is extending an order pausing Kentucky's new abortion restrictions

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Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky., as Kentucky lawmakers debate overriding the governor’s veto of an abortion measure. The bill would put new restrictions on abortion, including banning the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

A federal judge is keeping a temporary order blocking new abortion restrictions from taking effect in Kentucky in place, meaning the state's two remaining abortion providers can keep their doors open — for now.

The latest round of abortion restrictions to come out of Frankfort had forced clinics to halt abortions for a time, out of caution. The clinics successfully argued before a U.S. District judge that the state needs to adopt and fund its regulations before the laws can be enforced.

Tamarra Wieder with Planned Parenthood told Spectrum News a month ago — after the brief pause on abortions — that advocates realize a long fight is ahead.

"The fact that Kentuckians already had to undergo eight days without care is unspeakable, but we do know that we will see this again... likely the end of June. But we are, I think, more united."
Tamarra Wieder, Planned Parenthood

Wieder added that people are waking up to the idea that "Roe is not a guarantee anymore."

Kentucky Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is defending the law in court, described the judge's latest order as disappointing, but told the AP the case is "far from over."

Kentucky's battle over the new restrictions setting a 15-week abortion ban and tightening rules surrounding medication abortion, among other provisions, is taking place against the backdrop of a looming US Supreme Court decision this summer — which leaked documents show could result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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