Closing Arguments Set in Alabama Abortion Trial

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By Alabama News Network

A judge in Montgomery is hearing closing arguments in a legal challenge of a new Alabama law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.
   
American Civil Liberties Union attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas said Monday the law will close all but two of Alabama's abortion clinics because they use out-of-state doctors who can't get admitting privileges.
   
Alabama's solicitor general, Andrew Brasher, says the traveling doctors haven't tried to get admitting privileges and the clinics' claims haven't been proven.
   
The closing arguments continue Monday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson hasn't indicated how soon he will rule.
   
Thompson has put the law on hold pending a ruling.
   
Mississippi, Wisconsin and Texas have similar laws, but Texas is the only state where it is being enforced.