Only Miss. abortion clinic gets license reprieve

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By Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state's only abortion clinic.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on Monday extended an injunction he issued several months ago. It blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.

The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at Jackson Women's Health Organization to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

Jordan's ruling comes three days before the state Department of Health was scheduled to hold a license revocation hearing for the clinic over its acknowledged inability to get the admitting privileges.

Jordan's ruling says the state cannot close the center while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending to challenge the 2012 law.

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