A group of states that are broadly known for embracing strict abortion restrictions is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to bar attorney fee awards to abortion clinics and others who win court orders temporarily blocking state laws that are challenged in court.

Lawyers for Ohio, with support from 19 other states, argue that plaintiffs who win preliminary injunctions in cases that end without a final judgment are not “prevailing parties” eligible for legal fees under a civil rights fee-shifting statute.

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