Federal judge blocks Florida abortion law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked a Florida law that would require people and groups that provide abortion advice to register with the state and furnish women with a detailed explanation of the procedure and alternatives.
U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle issued the ruling late Friday saying that the lawsuit filed by a minister, two rabbis, the Palm Beach chapter of the National Organization for Women and others would likely succeed at trial. The plaintiffs argued that the 2016 law would compel them to make statements they disagreed with and weren't qualified to make. The plaintiffs don't provide abortions but make referrals.
The state's attorneys argued the plaintiffs had not been harmed by the law, that it would not be enforced and that there was no penalty for not registering.

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