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Attorney Says Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law Onerous


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma abortion provider says a new state law requiring abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed is unconstitutional.

Attorney Ilene Jaroslaw of the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday asked Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves to prevent the law from going into effect on Nov. 1.

Graves did not immediately had down a ruling and said he will decide whether to issue an injunction by next week.

The abortion rights group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns of Norman, who it says performs nearly half the state's abortions. The group says Burns has applied for admitting privileges at 16 hospitals but has not been approved by any.