Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – From Alabama to Texas, laws are being enacted that require abortion clinic doctors to have formal ties to local hospitals by obtaining privileges to admit and treat patients there.

The new laws could force some women to travel hundreds of miles to find an abortion clinic as some would be forced to close in places they are already scarce.

Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would have to close, meaning women in some parts of the state would have to travel at least three hours to an out-of-state clinic.

Admitting privileges laws already in effect in Texas and Tennessee. Laws in Mississippi and Alabama are on hold during court challenges. Louisiana and Oklahoma are about to enact their own laws, which would bring the total to 10 states in the nation.

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