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Federal judge temporarily halts Mississippi’s abortion law

Pro-choice advocates rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which was said to be one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the country.

The ruling: The presiding judge ruled that the state "shall not enforce" the law for 10 days and that the court "will take expedited briefing on whether it should issue a preliminary injunction and whether that relief should be consolidated with a trial on the merits."