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Hearing Set To Block Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Law

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An Oklahoma doctor is going to court in an attempt to block a new state law that would require abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed.

The hearing is scheduled Friday in Oklahoma County District Court in the lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns of Norman, who the abortion rights group says is one of three abortion providers in Oklahomaand 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. It says Burns would have to close his practice when the requirement goes into effect Nov. 1.

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