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Abortion bill passes Mississippi House

By LAURA TILLMAN
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill that would require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology has passed the Mississippi House.

Those who opposed the bill argued Tuesday it could close the state's sole clinic if a doctor who met such requirements could not be found.

Around three dozen representatives opposed the bill saying it would disproportionally affect the state's poor women who would not be able to afford a trip to a clinic in another state.

A heated debate preceded the bill's passage, with Rep. Adrienne Wooten, a Democrat from Jackson, telling the House it should not "step into the confines of my home and tell me what to do with my body."

The bill is House Bill 1390.

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