MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge says an Alabama law restricting abortion doctors is constitutional.<br />
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that state lawmakers exceeded their authority when they passed a law last year requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.<br />
Thompson says he will block enforcement of the law temporarily. He's asking attorneys for additional information before issuing a final order.<br />
Thompson's decision comes days after a federal appeals court blocked a similar law in Mississippi.<br />
Planned Parenthood and others filed a lawsuit over the Alabama law last year.<br />
Supporters of the law say it would make clinics safer. Clinic operators say the law would force the shutdown of all but two of Alabama's five clinics.<br />
Thompson says the Alabama law would place an undue burden on women.
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