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Mississippi abortion law ruled unconstitutional

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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 7:57 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jul 29, 2014 7:57 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: abortion law, Mississippi, clinic, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, unconstitutional

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI- The Mississippi law that would have closed the state's only abortion clinic was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.

The law was passed in 2012 and required doctors at the clinic to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Doctors at Jackson Women's Health organization applied for privileges at area hospitals but couldn't get them.

Lawyers for the state argued if the clinic closed women could go to other states for the procedure.

The three judge panel ruled Mississippi can't shift its obligation for constitutional rights of its citizens to another state since abortion was ruled legal in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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