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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court is expected to hear oral arguments in late April or early May in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that threatens to close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

Clinic attorney Robert McDuff said Tuesday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals informed him arguments will be set the week of April 28.

Jackson Women's Health Organization filed a federal lawsuit over the law, which requires each of its physicians to have local hospital admitting privileges.

A federal district judge allowed the law to take effect but blocked the state from closing the clinic while it seeks to comply with the law. The clinic has been unable to get admitting privileges for its out-of-state physicians.

The state is asking the 5th Circuit to overturn the district judge's ruling.

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