Supreme Court halts Louisiana abortion clinic law for now

The Supreme Court is temporarily keeping a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics on hold.

Justice Samuel Alito says in a brief order Friday that the justices need more time to review arguments for and against the law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The law was set to take effect Monday, though clinics have asked the high court to block its enforcement.

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The clinics say at least one and maybe two of Louisiana's three abortion clinics would have to close if the law is allowed to take effect. A federal appeals court that upheld the law said it's not clear that any clinic would close.

In recent days, a national debate has flared on a related subject: state bills that would roll back restrictions on late-term abortion.

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