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Louisiana following judge's order on abortion law

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana health department says it will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a temporary restraining order late Sunday, blocking enforcement of a new law that took effect Monday.

The law requires doctors at all five abortion clinics in Louisiana to obtain privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

State Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman Olivia Watkins tells The Associated Press on Monday that the agency won't take action against any provider who shows he or she has applied for admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

It was not immediately clear whether doctors from all five clinics have applied for hospital privileges.

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