A federal judge has struck down Alabama’s law allowing judges to require minors seeking an abortion to go through a trial-like proceeding with a with lawyer representing the fetus. In the ruling, Judge Susan Walker says the law places an undue burden on the minor seeking a judicial bypass to get an abortion. Judicial bypass is a process in which a minor can obtain permission from a judge to get an abortion instead of her parents. The law allowed a third party to represent the interests of the fetus during the judicial bypass hearing. Judge Walker says she is unaware of any other state with a similar law.