NC's 20-Week Abortion Ban Axed Under High Court Precedent

By Danielle Nichole Smith (March 26, 2019, 5:35 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge has struck down the state's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a suit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, although he scolded their counsel for not addressing a magistrate judge's concerns about standing sooner.

In his order on Monday, U.S. District Judge William L. Osteen Jr. chose not to adopt the magistrate judge's recommendation that the case be dismissed for lack of standing, but he noted that the record before the magistrate judge supported that conclusion. The organizations established standing in their briefing after...

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