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Planned Parenthood building clinic in Alabama despite abortion law

A spokeswoman says the facility, which would replace an older clinic, is set to open late this year in Birmingham and plans to offer services including abortion.
Credit: AP
A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in St. Louis. On Monday, June 10, 2019, a judge in St. Louis issued another order allowing Missouri's only abortion clinic to continue operating. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer granted Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the clinic's license to lapse. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Planned Parenthood is building a new women's clinic in Alabama despite the state's near-total ban on abortions.

A spokeswoman says the facility is set to open late this year in Birmingham and plans to offer services including abortion. It would replace an older clinic currently in the state's largest city.

But abortion opponents hope the opening is blocked by the new law, state health regulators or public pressure.

Planned Parenthood is among the groups that have sued to try to overturn the new law. Spokeswoman Barbara Ann Luttrell says the organization hopes to stop the near-prohibition from taking effect. The group's current clinic in Birmingham offer abortions only on an intermittent basis.