Alabama attorney general ends fight over abortion law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says his office is ending the legal fight over an Alabama abortion law requiring doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

Strange made the announcement Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a nearly identical law in Texas.

Justices in a 5-3 decision overturned the Texas law requiring admitting hospital privileges for abortion doctors and requiring surgical-like settings at clinics.

The attorney general said his office will end their appeal of a judge's 2014 decision finding Alabama's law unconstitutional.

Strange said he was disappointed by the Supreme Court decision. However, he said Alabama could no longer make a "good faith argument" that the law was constitutional.

If the admitting privilege requirement was enforced, as many as four of the state's five abortion clinics would close.