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Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Alabama law banning dismemberment abortions

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal over a 2016 Alabama law that banned an abortion procedure that’s done during the second trimester of a pregnancy. 

In a miscellaneous order issued Friday, the high court allowed a lower court ruling against the law to remain in effect. The law would have made it illegal for abortionists to perform dilation and evacuation abortions that are performed between 13 and 24 weeks after the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period. 

“A dilation (dilatation) and evacuation abortion, D&E, is a surgical abortion procedure during which an abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus,” the website AbortionProcedures.com explains in detail. 

The law in question is not the same as a bill that was signed by Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey in May that bans most all abortion — even in cases of rape and incest — except in circumstances in which a woman faces a medical emergency that leads to the termination of the pregnancy. 

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