Judge blocks Kentucky ‘fetal heartbeat‘ law

(Louisville Courier-Journal) Kentucky’s only abortion clinic resumed seeing patients Saturday after a federal judge in Louisville blocked the state from enforcing a new abortion law.

The General Assembly passed the bill late Thursday, and it was signed soon after by Gov. Matt Bevin.

But U.S. District Judge David Hale issued the temporary restraining order at 7:40 p.m. Friday, barring the state from enforcing Senate Bill 9 — the “fetal heartbeat” bill — which bans abortion once a heartbeat is detected, usually around the sixth week of pregnancy.