'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Evidence and testimony will be the order of the day as a federal judge in Baton Rouge opens a six-day trial of three clinics' challenge to Louisiana's law requiring them to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles.

The docket for the trial that begins Monday notes that attorneys for three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics and for the state have waived opening arguments.

Ilene Jaroslaw, who's representing the clinics, says that was suggested by Judge John deGravelles (duh-GRAV-uhl).

Clinic doctors will testify with a screen hiding them from spectators.

The doctors sued anonymously, as "John Does," and a court order has made virtually all information about the clinics confidential. That includes any information about the clinics' staff, physicians and patients.

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