July 1, 2022 -- A Kentucky judge temporarily blocked the state’s new six-week abortion ban, allowing the procedure to resume for now, according to The Associated Press.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mitch Perry ruled in favor of Kentucky’s two abortion providers — Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center. They sought a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the law, which went into effect after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week.

Kentucky officials have already appealed Perry’s order, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

Perry has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday because of a request by abortion rights advocates to obtain an injunction to block Kentucky’s abortion ban while their case proceeds in court. Meanwhile, the temporary restraining order is in effect, which means clinics can resume offering services.

EMW and Planned Parenthood said they planned to resume services at their Louisville locations, the newspaper reported. EMW, the state’s only full-time provider, said it would start again on Friday, while Planned Parenthood, which offers abortions part-time, said it would begin scheduling patients.

Most states surrounding Kentucky still allow abortions, the newspaper reported, though lawmakers in several of the states are moving to restrict access after the Supreme Court ruling. Illinois and Virginia are the two neighboring states where abortion remains largely unrestricted.

EMW and Planned Parenthood provide contact information and resources to help locate the closest facilities on their websites, the newspaper reported. The Kentucky Health Justice Network also helps people find a clinic, schedule an appointment, and receive financial assistance.

Abortion bans and restrictions are now taking effect or are set to take effect in 22 states, according to Reuters, including 13 that, like Kentucky, have so-called “trigger laws” designed to take effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

State courts in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah have temporarily blocked bans since last week, Reuters reported. Abortion providers are seeking similar court decisions in Idaho, Mississippi, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Kentucky’s new law would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for maternal death or serious injury.

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The Associated Press: “Judge to block Florida abortion ban; Kentucky ban on hold.”

Louisville Courier Journal: “What to know about Kentucky abortion services after the trigger law ban was suspended.”

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