JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether to extend his temporary block of a law that could close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.
The law would
require anyone doing abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic
to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local
The clinic says it has been unable to obtain admitting
privileges for its two out-of-state physicians. It also argues in court papers
that the requirement "gives hospitals a third-party veto over the availability
of abortion in Mississippi."
State attorneys argue the requirement is
designed for patient safety.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan
(JERR-dun) III temporarily blocked the law July 1, the day it was to take
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