Judge extends delay in abortion law lawsuit

A federal judge is extending the delay in enforcement of the state' new abortion clinic law. {}The extension until August 15th gives both sides in a lawsuit more time to file legal arguments.The new law requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and others got a court-ordered delay while they challenged the law in court.U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson's temporary restraining order was supposed to run out July 12. {}He has now extended the order, with agreement from parties on both sides.Plaintiffs contend the law will stop abortions at three of Alabama's five licensed clinics.