Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON – Attorneys for the state of Mississippi are trying to persuade a federal judge to let a new abortion law take effect.

Those representing the state’s only abortion clinic are asking the judge to extend the temporary hold he put on the law.

The opposing sides filed their latest court documents Friday, a deadline set by U.S. District Judge Dan P. Jordan (JERR-dun) III.

Jordan issued an order Sunday, stopping the state from immediately enforcing a law that requires physicians doing abortions at the clinic to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

He holds a hearing next Wednesday to consider whether to extend that block.

The clinic argues the law will cause it irreparable harm. The state disagrees, saying the law is designed to protect patients.

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