2014 trial set for challenge of Miss. abortion law

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Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:46 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set a jury trial next spring for a lawsuit filed by Mississippi's only abortion clinic over a state law it says would force it to close.

Jackson Women's Health Organization sued the state in 2012 over a law requiring every OB-GYN at the clinic to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III set March 3 as the beginning of jury selection.

After the clinic filed suit last summer, Jordan allowed the law to take effect but blocked the state from imposing penalties while the clinic seeks admitting privileges.

The clinic has remained open, but owner Diane Derzis said months ago that requests for privileges have been denied.