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Alabama abortion law enforcement to get delayed

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Alabama's new law, setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors, likely won't be enforced this year.  ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending the law told a federal judge Friday that they want the law to remain on hold until March 24, 2014, while they develop their cases. 

The new law requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.  The law was supposed to take effect July 1, but the plaintiffs sued, saying it would close three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics.  The suit prompted a temporary stop to the law from taking effect.  The order is due to expire August 15.

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