Utah judge blocks state’s sweeping new abortion ban

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By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) -A state court judge in Utah on Monday blocked a sweeping new abortion ban from taking effect following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month eliminating the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion. Judge Andrew Stone of the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake City ruled at a hearing that the ban, which prohibited abortion at any point during pregnancy with some exceptions, must remain on hold while Planned Parenthood pursues a legal challenge. “When you’re talking about a seismic change in women’s health treatment, it’s prudent to look bef…

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