The Latest: Judge: Louisiana cannot enforce abortion law

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 6:49 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a judge's ruling about Louisiana's abortion law (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A federal judge says a Louisiana abortion law would unconstitutionally restrict women's right to an abortion if the state is allowed to enforce it. However, the 112-page ruling handed down late Tuesday is not the final word on the case.

District Judge John deGravelles (duh-GRAV-uhl) ruled only to keep in effect his order blocking Louisiana from requiring doctors who provide abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles.

He has not yet ruled on the law itself, though he heard arguments about it in June.

The Center for Reproductive Rights represents several abortion clinics. President and CEO Nanthy Northup calls the ruling a victory that guarantees access to critical services.

Attorney Kyle Duncan represents the state. He says he must consult with state officials before commenting.

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3 a.m.

The federal judge who heard a challenge to Louisiana's abortion law says he'll rule in the case Tuesday.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. Supporters say it's meant to protect women's health. Opponents say the measure essentially would make it impossible for women to get abortions.

In a brief order Monday, District Judge John deGravelles (duh-GRAV-uhl) of Baton Rouge said he was filing his proposed ruling under seal. He also says he's giving lawyers 24 hours to review it to make sure everything that is supposed to be confidential remains so.

He told lawyers they could tell their clients the gist of one section, warning them to keep that information secret until the entire ruling becomes official.

DeGravelles heard testimony in the case last June.