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U.S. appeals court panel strikes down Mississippi abortion law

A U.S. appeals court panel on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that would have closed the only abortion clinic in the state. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled against a 2012 law that required any physician who is associated with a licensed abortion facility to be a board-certified or eligible obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at an area hospital. The three physicians affiliated with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization applied for admitting privileges at local hospitals and were unable to obtain them. According to the decision, attorneys for the state of Mississippi argued that if the only licensed clinic in the state closes, it...

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