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Federal judge asked to block part of Florida abortion law

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal judge is being asked to block additional parts of a contentious Florida abortion law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit late Monday on behalf of several ministers, rabbis and organizations that provide abortion counseling services to women.

The lawsuit contends the law violates constitutional rights by requiring groups to register with the state and pay a fee if they advise or help women seek abortions. The lawsuit also challenges a provision requiring groups to tell women about alternatives to abortion.

Legislators passed the sweeping abortion measure during their 2016 session. A federal judge already blocked two parts of the law this past summer and the administration of Gov. Rick Scott didn’t appeal the decision. One part of the law required increased abortion clinic inspections.

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