Disputed South Bend abortion clinic set to open

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A group says it plans to begin accepting patients at an abortion clinic in the northern Indiana city of South Bend next week.

The South Bend Tribune reported that Amy Hagstrom Miller, of the Whole Woman's Health Alliance, said employees began answering phones Wednesday and booking appointments for next week.

A federal judge granted an injunction May 31 allowing the Texas-based nonprofit to open the clinic without a state-required license, pending a final ruling in a federal lawsuit on the license that's set to go to trial next year.

State officials have said the alliance hasn't provided requested safety documentation, and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's office has appealed Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Barker earlier this month declined the state’s request to stay her ruling, allowing the clinic to open.

The clinic will perform medication-induced abortions for women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant.

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