Miss. anti-abortion law back before federal judge

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | July 11, 2012 | 8:35 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hearing Wednesday will help a federal judge decide whether to keep blocking a Mississippi abortion law.

The state's only abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, says it could be forced to close if the law is enforced.

The measure would require anyone performing abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

The clinic says admitting privileges aren't medically necessary, while supporters of the law say it's designed to protect patient safety.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan (JERR-dun) III on July 1 temporarily blocked the law.

During a hearing set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, the clinic's attorneys will try to persuade Jordan to keep the law on hold, while attorneys for the state will argue it should take effect.