Miss. anti-abortion law back before federal judge

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 8:34 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hearing Wednesday will help a federal judge decide whether to keep blocking a Mississippi abortion law.

The state's only abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, says it could be forced to close if the law is enforced.

The measure would require anyone performing abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

The clinic says admitting privileges aren't medically necessary, while supporters of the law say it's designed to protect patient safety.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan (JERR-dun) III on July 1 temporarily blocked the law.

During a hearing set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, the clinic's attorneys will try to persuade Jordan to keep the law on hold, while attorneys for the state will argue it should take effect.

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