Federal judge blocks another Kentucky abortion law

Federal judge blocks another Kentucky abortion law
For the second time in days, a new Kentucky law imposing more restrictions on abortion has been temporarily halted by a federal judge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in days, a new Kentucky law imposing more restrictions on abortion has been temporarily halted by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge David J. Hale on Wednesday issued an order temporarily blocking a measure to ban abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus. Kentucky's Republican governor, Matt Bevin, signed the bill Tuesday.

Bevin's office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Last week, the judge temporarily blocked another new Kentucky law that would mostly ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

The American Civil Liberties sued to block both measures passed by Kentucky’s GOP-dominated legislature.