Trial set to begin in case targeting Virginia abortion laws

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This May 15, 2019 photo shows a sign in front of the Planned Parenthood offices in Richmond, Va. Fetal heartbeat and other strict state abortion laws pushed by anti-abortion groups have grabbed headlines and captured the nation’s attention. But pro-abortion rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country, where they […]

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women’s health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia.

The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers.

The trial is set to begin in federal court in Richmond Monday as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Another law requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before it is performed.

The case will be decided by a judge, not a jury.

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