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Jul 14, 2012 1:40 AM

Judge allowing Miss. abortion clinic to stay open

JACKSON, MS - A federal judge says Mississippi's only abortion clinic can remain open as it tries to comply with a new anti-abortion law.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III gave the clinic and the state each a partial victory with his ruling Friday. He upheld the law but said the clinic can't face criminal or civil punishment as it tries to meet the requirements.

The law requires anyone who does abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The clinic's two out-of-state physicians don't have those privileges and have had difficulty getting them from local hospitals.

The judge says whether they get those privileges will impact the ultimate issues in the case.

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