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Bryant pulls anti-abortion activist's nomination

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EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | April 1, 2013 09:00 PM EST | AP


JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's withdrawing his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring to the state Board of Health.

Bryant's decision came Monday after The Associated Press questioned whether Bryant was fulfilling requirements of a state law that specifies the board's 11 members must come from certain parts of the state.

Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock says the law is unclear, but the governor is withdrawing Herring's nomination to "avoid any legal uncertainty." The spokesman said Herring would be nominated again when "there is an opening in her district,"

Herring in 2012 lobbied for a law that requires anyone performing abortions at an abortion clinic to be a physician with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The state's only abortion clinic has been unable to obtain the privileges for its out-of-state physicians and has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law.