WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered state officials to pay $6 million to abortion clinic attorneys for defending a lawsuit against the state over its anti-abortion law.
The lawsuit was filed by the National Right to Life Committee and a number of women who said they were coerced into going through emergency abortion procedures in 2013 when they discovered their unborn babies were born with congenital heart defects.
The case is being overseen by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The plaintiffs allege that state officials violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by denying them access to medical services.
The state of Washington has faced a barrage of criticism over the issue since it passed a law requiring all abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in 2014.
The law has been challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union and other abortion rights groups.