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US appeals panel strikes down state's abortion law
US appeals court panel strikes down law that could have closed state's only abortion clinic
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press
2014-07-30 03:01 AM

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Tuesday in a case involving the state's 2012 law, which required physicians at the clinic to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Physicians at Jackson Women's Health Organization applied for the privileges at hospitals but were unable to obtain them.

Attorneys for Mississippi argued that if the clinic closed, women could get abortions in other states.

The panel ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 established a constitutional right to abortion. The panel ruled that Mississippi may not shift its obligation for established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.

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