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Federal Judge Blocks Florida Abortion Law That Adds Restrictions

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge is blocking a new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics in Florida.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle late Thursday stopped key portions of the law hours before it was scheduled to take effect.

Planned Parenthood challenged the measure Gov. Rick Scott signed into law earlier this year. The law prevents any state funds from going to an organization that also provides abortions. It also added new inspection requirements on clinics.

Related: Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law

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Hinkle in his ruling stated that previous federal rulings have made it clear that the government cannot indirectly try to stop an activity that is legally allowed.

The Florida law also requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Hinkle's ruling, however, does not address that part of the law.

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