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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AP) -- A federal appeals court blocked an Indiana abortion law that would require women to get face-to-face counseling before having an abortion.
The stay Thursday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago keeps the state law from going into effect at least until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear a challenge of it.
The law, passed in 1995, has never taken effect.
In September, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit found the law constitutional, and the court was expected on November 5 to let the law take effect. With a day to spare, however, attorneys for the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy requested the stay.